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The Man of No Account

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The Man of No Account

by Bret Harte

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

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely


“I’m going home!”

“Going home?”

“Yes–that is, I think I’ll take a trip to the Atlantic States. I came to see you, as you know I have some little property, and I have executed a power of attorney for you to manage my affairs. I have some papers I’d like to leave with you. Will you take charge of them?”

“Yes,” I said. “But what of Nellie?”

His face fell. He tried to smile, and the combination resulted in one of the most startling and grotesque effects I ever beheld. At length he said:

“I shall not marry Nellie–that is”–he seemed to apologize internally for the positive form of expression–“I think that I had better not.”


A slight story, about a clownish man who strikes it rich, and then figgers the girl can’t actually love HIM. The central triangular love story is a good set-up, but the entire plot is missing from the story, and skips to the ironic conclusion. Not enough structure here to tell a proper story on a musical stage. But you might steal the central premise, and see if you can do something with it.


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