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A Sea of Troubles

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A Sea of Troubles

by P.G. Wodehouse

Genre: Comedy
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising


He wouldn’t commit suicide. Not if he knew it. He would stick on and laugh at them. And if he did have an occasional pain inside, what of that? Napoleon had them, and look at him. He would be blowed if he committed suicide.

With the fire of a new resolve lighting up his eyes, he turned to seize the six letters and rifle them of their contents.

They were gone.

It took Mr Meggs perhaps thirty seconds to recollect where they had gone to, and then it all came back to him.


A man has decided his illness is too much for him and he’s going to kill himself. But before doing so, he wants to avoid the expense and troubles which attorneys would cost his beneficiaries, so he cashes his entire estate (which isn’t all that grant), and addresses six envelopes filled with cash. But during the ensuing feud with the woman that he trusts to mail the envelopes, he thinks better of his decision to kill himself, and wants those envelopes back. This is a slight story but a lot of fun. It would make a charming one act.


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