PLOTTO
A New Method of Plot Suggestion for Writers of Creative Fiction

The Soul, with its human faculties which put it in immediate touch with the Universe, is a Divine Instrument, an Aeolian Harp which is not played upon by the Winds of Chance but by all the Winds of Destiny that blow from the four quarters of Human Nature; and this Music of the Soul is a Divine Harmony which the Creative Imagination, alone of the human faculties, interprets in Creative Art. To this high interpretation, through fictional narrative,
Plotto is dedicated.

INTRODUCTION
THE PLOTTO METHOD. Plotto achieves creative art in fiction by a new Method of plot suggestion. Suggestion is based on Themes (or Masterplots) and Conflicts.
THEME. Every story has a Theme, or an underlying proposition that indicates its type. The Theme may be clear-cut and distinct, or shadowy and vague; it is always in evidence, and differentiates one type of story from all the other types. Around each Theme any number of distinctly different stories may be written.
A story may be constructed with, or without, a certain Theme in mind. Rarely perhaps does a writer begin a story with a set Theme in front of her. She may develop her plot from a situation, or Conflict; nevertheless, as the plot develops the Theme develops with it. The writer will feel the Theme and, consciously or unconsciously, combine her Conflicts to a certain pattern. This pattern, plain in the finished work, will conform to a Theme. When a story is built around a Theme, the Theme becomes a Masterplot.
The Plotto Method enables the Plottoist to begin her story with a Masterplot and marshal her situations or Conflicts in conformity to it; or, it enables her to begin with a situation or Conflict and consciously to watch the particular Theme as the plot unfolds.
MASTERPLOTS WITH INTERCHANGEABLE CLAUSES. Each Plotto Masterplot classifies in general terms and in a single terse sentence a certain type of story. Each Masterplot consists of three Clauses: An initial Clause defining the protagonist in general terms, a middle Clause initiating and carrying on the action, and a final Clause carrying on and terminating the action. Suggestions for exemplifying the action with concrete situations are offered by the Conflicts.
THE CONFLICTS. Desire, in some one of its many forms, is responsible for the awakening of Purpose. Something from without, impinging upon something within, excites a feeling or an emotion, and the soul flows into Purpose, and Purpose into action. Then, somewhere on the path of rising action. Purpose encounters Obstacle. At this point, and at this point only, do we establish what writers of creative fiction call a situation. Purpose alone never made a situation; Obstacle alone never made one; but strike the flint of Obstacle with the steel of Purpose and sparks of situation begin to fly.
Plotto, as a Method of plot suggestion for writers of creative fiction, is founded upon this law: Purpose, expressed or implied, opposing Obstacle, expressed or implied, yields Conflict.
PURPOSES AND OBSTACLES, How many Purposes are there in the world? Not many, although their variations are infinite. Perhaps, in the last analysis one General Purpose would comprehend all the Purposes: TO ACHIEVE HAPPINESS. That is the end and aim of life on this planet. But happiness has a different meaning for most of us. There is the happiness of love and courtship, of married life, of achieving wealth or power by all the many methods, good or evil, that may be contrived by the thinking mind. Religion may be the road to happiness for some, and revenge the road to a doubtful happiness for others. The virtues or the faults of a human soul set the pattern of Purpose for that soul.
Plotto concerns itself with but one General Purpose in its application to three general goals of endeavor:
1. To Achieve Happiness in Love and Courtship.
2. To Achieve Happiness in Married Life.
3. To Achieve Happiness (Success) in Enterprise.
Yet, while this one General Purpose runs through all the Conflicts, a host of subordinate Purposes will appear in them, opposed by an infinite number of Obstacles.
There is one Supreme Purpose in every life: TO LIVE; and there is one Supreme Obstacle each life encounters: DEATH. Complicating the scheme and giving zest to the plot of life are innumerable subordinate Purposes and Obstacles, dealing with all the enterprises of which life is capable.
Overshadowed by the Supreme Purpose of LIFE, and the Supreme Obstacle of DEATH, we wage our mimic wars of conquest and gain; but, at any minute, the Supreme Purpose may fail, and Death come striding into our finite calculations and calling a truce. There is also a Paramount Purpose in all the lesser activities of our existence, opposed by a Paramount Obstacle; and they marshal their secondary Purposes and Obstacles to keep us “on our toes” and fighting valiantly for all we have, or hope to have. Blessed be Purpose! And thrice-blessed be Obstacle!
The Conflicts in Plotto are brief statements of Purpose in active opposition with Obstacle—situations which are to be combined with other situations. For instance: “A, in love with B, is not favored by M-B, mother of B.” Here is the implied Purpose, “To Achieve Happiness in Love,” meeting an Obstacle bluntly expressed.
Purpose and Obstacle give concrete exemplification of the Theme in every form of fictional narrative, whether short story, novelette, or novel.
THE SHORT STORY. Purpose and Obstacle at grips in one dramatic situation will define the short story, since it is calculated to leave a single dominant impression upon the reader’s mind. Ordinarily, this form of narrative fiction will be woven about a plot of the simplest construction. There will be the main situation as suggested by a chosen Conflict, the Conflict leading up to it and the Conflict carrying on and terminating the action. These three Conflicts may be reduced to two, if the main Conflict should in itself possess the qualities of a terminal Conflict. Conflicts too long, or too involved, for short story purposes will usually be found to be broken Conflicts. When such a Conflict is selected for the main situation, it is possible to use only that part of it which contains the most dramatic appeal.
THE NOVELETTE. This form of narrative fiction may be considered as a long short story, or as a short novel. If the former, the Conflict suggesting the situation will be elaborated with dramatic material concerned with the Purpose and Obstacle. If, on the other hand, the novelette partakes of the character of a short novel, the Paramount Purpose and Obstacle will involve subordinate Purposes and Obstacles all cumulative in power and bearing upon the story’s climax or crisis. Here, as everywhere, the imagination must exercise constructive judgment.
THE NOVEL. The full-fledged novel may be considered as consisting of several short stories all leading up to, and intimately bound up with, the Paramount Purpose and Obstacle that give the complete story its unity. Construction here plays its most discriminating role, for the subordinate situations must grow toward a single, decisive crisis. The effect must be cumulative. If the main Conflict shall involve the crisis—and it should—all the subordinate situations dealing with the Theme will be so selected as to grow naturally in dramatic strength toward the climax. Here no rules of construction will take the place of taste and discrimination. The constructive imagination, properly exercised, will deal capably with the situations, and the creative imagination will work a miracle of dramaturgic power.
ORIGINALITY. The Conflicts all come from the vast storehouse of Human Nature. They are there, millions upon millions of them, waiting for the imagination to select them and group them in an original combination. For there is “nothing new under the sun.” Originality in creative work comes from our own individual use of the tools so bountifully provided by the Divine Creator. All that is possible to a mortal craftswoman is the combining of old material into something new and different.
Originality is the ideal of the Plotto Method; and it is realized by disregarding the references prefixed and affixed to the Conflicts and (or) interpreting the Specific as well as the General, Conflicts in terms of the Plottoist’s own experience. Nothing in the Specific Conflicts will be used literally, but the concrete exemplification in such Conflicts will serve as a suggestion, lending wings to the creative imagination for its own high flight.
For orginal combinations of Conflicts the Classification by Symbols will be found a treasure-trove of suggestions. If the main Conflict selected is built around A, or B, alone, the A or B group should be scanned; if around A and B alone, the A and B group will yield suggestions, or the A or B group may be found to serve; or, if several characters are involved in the main Conflict, reference may be had to that particular group of symbols. If a certain group of symbols proves too limited, drop one of the lesser character symbols and consult the group represented by those remaining. This course may be followed, in the search for original combinations, until only the protagonist remains in the situation. Somewhere along the line of search the imagination is certain to find exactly what it is looking for.
CONFLICT GROUPS AND SUB-GROUPS. The Conflicts in Plotto are classified in three main groups:
1. Conflicts in Love and Courtship.
2. Conflicts in Married Life.
3. Conflicts in Enterprise.
The Conflicts in Love and Courtship are re-grouped as follows:
Conflicts in Love’s Beginnings.
Conflicts in Love’s Misadventures.
Conflicts of the Marriage Proposal.
Conflicts in Love’s Rejection.
Conflicts of Marriage.
All the sub-groups are classified, for convenience of reference, under the middle. or “B,” Clauses of the Masterplots; and these form the only subdivisions of the main group, “Married Life.” Conflicts of the third group, “Enterprise,” fall into the following general classifications:
Conflicts in Misfortune.
Conflicts in Mistaken Judgment.
Conflicts in Helpfulness.
Conflicts in Deliverance.
Conflicts in Idealism.
Conflicts in Obligation.
Conflicts in Necessity.
Conflicts in Chance.
Conflicts in Personal Limitations.
Conflicts in Simulation.
Conflicts in Craftiness.
Conflicts in Transgression.
Conflicts in Revenge.
Conflicts in Mystery.
Conflicts in Revelation.
Inasmuch as dramatic situations are a product of the emotions, and the emotions, by reason of their complexity, have defied a hard and fast classification, it follows naturally that the Conflicts themselves will defy a rigid classification. The groupings noted above are more or less arbitrary, yet they will be bound to serve. Some Conflicts in Misfortune might easily fall into the sub-groups, Mistaken Judgment, Simulation, etc., and Conflicts in other sub-groups might logically be re-classified. Nevertheless, the classification in each case will exemplify in the Conflict the particular sub-group in which it has been placed.
MECHANICAL STRUCTURE. There is, of course, a mechanical structure underlying every properly constructed story. There are some very intelligent people who believe in the “divine afflatus” as something apart from hard, consistent, carefully calculated effort. Overlooking the old adage that “Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains,” these wise ones will have their back-handed slap at anything mechanical in its application to Art.
It remains, however, that a good story must have a carefully developed plot for its framework; and the plot in itself, is purely mechanical. It is the logical devising of means to an end, a motivating of all the parts into a harmonious whole. A plot may be simple, or it may be complex, but an interesting story without some sort of plot is inconceivable. This machinery must not creak or complain as the story advances. A discriminating imagination must oil it so well with logic and plausibility that the god in the machine shall not be ruffled by the turning wheels. Plausibility is attained when fine discrimination, true judgment and a facility with words so cover the necessary mechanism that it does not intrude at any point upon the completed work. And therein lies the art of the story teller. Plotto, at least, holds this to be true; and, as a corollary of the position thus taken, exalts the imagination as the greatest force in the world.
IMAGINATION. If a story is a skeleton structure of plot, overlaid with a felicity of thought and phrase that may be called the flesh, then the pulsing heart of the creation, the one factor that gives it life and beauty, is the imagination. But this imagination must be rightly controlled.
The demands of fictional narrative would seem to predicate an imagination of three types: Mediocre, Constructive and Creative. A mind positively brilliant in its mastery of scientific research, or of the pursuit of trade, might be hopeless in meeting the demands of fictional narrative. Nevertheless, Plotto believes sincerely that a desire to write successful fiction is predicated upon the ability to write successful fiction; and that, given the technical requirements of experience and a fair education, not often will the mediocre imagination be found hopeless. Intensive training should develop constructive power; and it is but a step, in the interpretation of suggestion, from the constructive to the creative. Originality is the soul of creative art, and originality is nothing more than the interpretation of suggestion in terms of individual experience.
Each life is the sum of many experiences, and character indicates the reaction of those experiences upon the soul. In other words, life is a combination of situations, or Conflicts, with a spiritual signification drawn from the Conflicts themselves. So a story plot, which holds the mirror up to life, is a combination of Conflicts, selected to the pattern of a single Theme, or Masterplot. Life, with its multitude of experiences, is general; the imagination, dealing with a cross-section of life, makes the story plot particular. And imagination does this through the interpretation of suggestion.
SUGGESTION. The ideal of the Plotto Method, as stated elsewhere, is the interpretation of Conflict suggestions in terms of individual experience. Some of the Conflicts are General. Thus, Conflict No. 31 reads: “B, rescued from an accident by A, whom he does not know, falls in love with her.” The nature of the accident, and the character of B and of A, are circumstances left to the constructive imagination. In dealing with these circumstances, references to other Conflicts, prefixed and affixed to this general suggestion, will offer further suggestions for inventing the circumstances.
Many of the Conflicts are Specific. Thus, to quote Conflict No. 647: “B, a respectable working boy seeking employment, follows the advice of a supposed friend. A-5, and finds himself in an immoral dance hall where he is compelled to dance with patrons and serve drinks.” References to other Conflicts will suggest the cause of B’s necessity for seeking employment, and other references will suggest a finale for B’s unhappy plight. The constructive imagination might use Conflict No. 647 literally, but Plotto would not approve of such literal use. The ideal method is for the imagination to use the dance hall merely as a suggestion for something equally pertinent to the situation; in other words, use the concrete example in interpreting an equivalent for this specific suggestion as to B’s misfortune. Herein lies the opportunity for originality, and the way to creative work.
DEVELOPING THE PLOT FROM A MASTERPLOT. For purposes of illustration, we will select a Masterplot from the Masterplot Chart and build up a short story plot in tabloid form.
A 11 A Person Swayed by Pretense,
B 11 (49) Assuming a fictitious character when embarking upon a certain enterprise,
C 2 Emerges happily from a serious entanglement.
The B Clause “originates and carries on the action.” Prefixed to this B Clause in parentheses is the number, (49). On the back of the Masterplot Chart, we find that No. (49) refers us to a sub-group of Conflicts beginning with Conflict No. 1173, this particular B Clause serving as a title for the sub-group:
1173
A, a pretender, encounters B, who is also a pretender * A and B are pretenders, yet neither knows the other is not what she or he seems to be **
The reference numbers prefixed to this Conflict offer lead-up suggestions. Numbers 1187 and 2f form a complementary suggestion, or a combination of two Conflicts appropriate to the main situation.
1187. A is a poor clerk who, with a limited capital, dons a dress suit and takes a “fling” in high society.
2f *-**. B, poor and humble but pretending to be wealthy and aristocratic, meets rich and influential A, and they fall in love.
Thus we have our two pretenders, neither knowing that the other is not what she or he seems to be. No. 2f has a carry-on suggestion:
1461a. B fights a hard battle with his conscience; he finds it a losing battle and makes an important revelation in order that he may achieve peace of mind.
A and not B is the protagonist of 1461a, but we manipulate the Conflict by changing A to B. This Conflict has a reference, No. 358 **-***:
358 **-***. A, in order to win B, is compelled to confess her true rank and station.
We can now eliminate our main suggestion. Conflict 1173, so that our tabloid plot will read:
2f *-**. B, poor and humble but pretending to be wealthy and aristocratic, meets rich and influential A, and they fall in love.
1187. A is a poor clerk who, with a limited capital, dons a dress suit and takes a “fling” in high society.
1461a. B fights a hard battle with his conscience; he finds it a losing battle, and makes an important revelation in order that he may achieve peace of mind.
358 **-***. A, in order to win B, is compelled to confess her true rank and station.
We have manipulated the combination Conflict by allowing 2f *-** to precede 1187; and if we keep the reader in ignorance of the fact that A and B are pretenders and allow the revelation to come at the end of the story, we shall achieve a double surprise and find ourselves with the plot of O. Henry’s story, “Transients in Arcadia.” Yet any number of stories, true to the Masterplot, may be built around these suggestions.
By changing the first two situations and selecting different Conflicts, the plot will develop along criminal lines:
2h. B, a criminal, assumes an alias and makes use of stolen funds in evading the law * B, a criminal in disguise, meets A, and they fall in love **
1c. A, a crook, pretends to be an honest woman in order to forward her love affair with B.
Or, we could make our plot more dramatic by having the second situation read:
3a. A is a judge, and B is a fugitive from justice posing as a man of wealth and fashion * A, a judge, falls in love with B, a criminal **
This might be followed with:
1292. B seeks happiness as a reformed transgressor * B, seeking happiness as a reformed transgressor, has his old transgression discovered **
727. A, a judge presiding at a murder trial, finds herself unexpectedly confronted with a circumstance that makes her work a torture to her soul.
These changes in the plot would make necessary a change in the C clause of the Masterplot:
C (1). Pays a grim penalty in an unfortunate undertaking.
CONFLICT MANIPULATIONS. Characters in the Plotto Conflicts are represented by symbols (see “The Plotto Character Symbols,” page 17). These symbols may be readily changed or transposed, as an aid in manipulating the Conflict suggestions. Thus, “261 ch A-3 to A,” indicates that A-3 in the Conflict is to be changed to A; and, “578b tr B & B-3,” indicates a transposition in which B-3 takes the place of B and B of B-3.
The character symbols are changed, or transposed, in the auxiliary Conflicts to agree with the character symbols of the Conflict whose ramifications are being studied.
In many instances the Conflicts are “broken”—that is, divided into two or more parts. The end of the first part is marked with a star (*), of the second part, with a double star (**), of the third part with a triple star (***), etc. Thus, “-*” indicates that the Conflict is to be used up to the first star; “*-**” indicates that the first part of the Conflict is not to be used, but only that part between the first star and the double star; “-**” indicates that all of the Conflict is to be used up to the double star, etc.
DEVELOPING THE PLOT FROM A SELECTED SITUATION. The most practical way to illustrate the Plotto Method of developing a plot from a single situation, or Conflict, will be to select a Conflict and follow the Method through, step by step. For this purpose, the first Conflict, 1a, may be used:
1
A, poor, is in love with wealthy and aristocratic B * A, poor, in love with wealthy B, pretends to be a woman of wealth **
The simplest combination will consist of three Conflicts—the Conflict selected as the working basis for the plot, the one Conflict leading up to it, and the third Conflict terminating the action, both auxiliary Conflicts taken from the references prefixed and affixed to the main, or basic, situation. For example, as a lead-up Conflict No. 112 may be used, followed by 1a, and this in turn followed by No. 209.
It develops, however, that the second part of the broken Conflict, 1a, may be eliminated; and that, with this elimination, 1a -* may logically precede Conflict 112, giving the three-Conflict plot as follows:
1a -*. A, POOR, IS IN LOVE WITH WEALTHY AND ARISTOCRATIC B.
112. A loves B; and B’s mother, M-B, promises her B’s hand in marriage if she will successfully carry out an enterprise of great difficulty and danger.
209. A carries out successfully a very difficult enterprise when promised the hand of B in marriage by M-B, mother of B * A, discovering secretly that B loves a rival, A-3, refuses to hold B to a promise of marriage made by his mother, M-B **
Nobility of character on the part of A is suggested by this heroic renunciation. The character of B, of M-B and of A-3, as well as the “enterprise of great difficulty and danger,” may be left to the creative imagination.
Again using Conflict 1a for our main suggestion, we might begin with Conflict 656 for a lead-up:
656
A’s ancestral acres have been heavily mortgaged and she is about to lose the property * A, by hook or crook, seeks to save her mortgaged maternal acres from foreclosure **
Reaching backward into the causes of A’s unfortunate condition, we will select lead-up suggestion No. 1079. Many other Conflicts in Personal Limitations, Misfortune, or, some of the other groups would serve us equally well, or better; but we will content ourselves with
1079
A’s character weakness is betting; and she seems unable to conquer the failing although she invariably suffers loss
Here we have a suggestion as to the character weakness which caused A to squander her fortune and mortgage her ancestral estates. We shall assume now that none of the references prefixed or affixed to 1079 appeals to our imagination, so we shall proceed on our own initiative—a course which Plotto earnestly recommends to the Plottoist in the working out of every plot. A further study of Personal Limitations suggests
1075
A, struggling hopelessly against a character weakness, forms a platonic friendship for B
Thus we have A, struggling hopelessly against a character weakness that has wrecked her financially, forming a platonic friendship for B. If we consider it expedient to bring about a dramatic first meeting of A with B, the Conflicts are brimming with such suggestions. But we will not go into that in this skeleton plot, our object being to simplify the references as much as possible. Conflict 1075b, a reference appended to 1075a, offers this suggestion as to B’s influence over A: “A’s admiration for her friend B, and her desire to please him, inspires her to bring out the best in her nature.” Also appended to 1075a is a reference to Conflict 364d, which seems quite apropos at this point:
364
A, with the help of B, overcomes an ignoble weakness * A’s gratitude to B blossoms into love; and, when A is sure she has rehabilitated her character, she proposes marriage to B and is accepted **
This Conflict may be called a terminal Conflict, in the sense that it brings our love story plot to marriage, the finale of most such plots. But we are not ready, as yet, to close the action, inasmuch as we are merely leading up to the main situation, 1a; so we shall use only the first part of this broken Conflict: “A, with the help of B, overcomes an ignoble weakness.”
At last we have the male protagonist, B, firmly fixed in the plot, and we need not go back further into the lead-ups.
1079. A’s character weakness is betting, and she seems unable to conquer the failing although she invariably suffers loss.
656. A’s ancestral estates have been heavily mortgaged and she is about to lose the property * A, by hook or crook, seeks to save her maternal acres from foreclosure **
1075a. A, struggling hopelessly against a character weakness, forms a platonic friendship for B.
1075b. A’s admiration for her friend B, and her desire to please him, inspires her to bring out the best in her nature.
364d -*. A, with the help of B, overcomes an ignoble weakness.
1a. A, POOR, IS IN LOVE WITH WEALTHY AND ARISTOCRATIC B * A, POOR, IN LOVE WITH WEALTHY B, PRETENDS TO BE A MAN OF WEALTH **
From this, it is manifest that A’s platonic association with B has gone the way of most platonic associations (see Conflicts 9a, b, c). and her gratitude has blossomed into love. A, by inference, is so deeply in love with B that the best in her nature is, for the time, eclipsed by her desire to win B. She resorts to simulation in forwarding her suit—thinking less of saving her ancestral acres by a wealthy marriage than she is of her own future happiness. Conflict 1a has a reference to Conflict 187 for carrying on the action:
187
A, in love with B and wishing to propose marriage, finds it impossible because B is so busy she can never find him alone. She seeks to make an opportunity by stratagem.
We will discard this suggestion, for the reason that it will plunge A deeper into the questionable methods into which her ardor has already lured her. She is pretending to be a woman of wealth when she is almost a bankrupt; but she has overcome her passion for gambling, thanks to B’s influence, and she is ready to husband her remaining resources and save what she can from the wreck of her material fortunes. A carry-on suggestion appended to Conflict 187 is a two-Conflict combination, 163 ; 91:
163. B learns that his lover, A, has fallen into desperate misfortunes.
91. B, in love with A. seeks to save A from disaster.
We are now approaching the climax of the action. A’s pretensions to wealth, B secretly discovers, are a hollow mockery. He learns that she is faced with disaster; and the Conflicts, if desired, will offer suggestions as to just how he discovers this secret. B is in love with A and ready to overlook her shortcomings, so he hastens to her rescue. We will depart, at this point, from the references and show B, on his own part, indulging in a bit of simulation. Turning to the sub-group. Simulation, we select Conflict,
1155
B, the friend of A, learns that A is desperately involved in debt * B, unknown to A. settles with A’s creditors and frees her from debt **
This happy turn of affairs, naturally, cannot long remain unknown to A. If she has pride, let her pocket it; or let her pride be humbled by B’s proof of his great love for her. If this course cannot be made to serve, the Conflicts will offer many suggestions for estrangement and reconciliation; but, in our plot, we will not have A a cad. Of the thousands of changes possible in such a series of actions as we are studying, we could eliminate the Conflicts from 163, inclusive, onward and place A in a better light by using this suggestion from Revelation:
1451a. A fights a hard battle with her conscience; she finds it a losing battle, and makes an important revelation in order that she may achieve peace of mind.
But we will not make the change. We will proceed to close the action with Conflict 364d *-**: “A’s gratitude to B blossoms into love; and when A is sure she has rehabilitated her character, she proposes to B and is accepted.”
The nature of the Conflicts, and their pliability, often calls for useless repetition. The statement in 364d that “A’s gratitude to B has blossomed into love,” is redundant. That fact has been known for some time, and has formed the basis for much of the action; and we simply ignore it here.
The latter part of this love story plot would stand as follows:
1a. A, POOR, IN LOVE WITH WEALTHY AND ARISTOCRATIC B, PRETENDS TO BE A MAN OF WEALTH.
163. B learns that his lover, A, has fallen into desperate misfortunes.
91. B, in love with A, seeks to save A from disaster.
1155. B, in love with A, learns that A is desperately involved in debt * B unknown to A, settles with A’s creditors and frees her from debt **
364d *-**. A’s gratitude to B blossoms into love; and when A is sure she has rehabilitated her character, she proposes to B and is accepted.
In the Classification by Character Symbols, all terminal Conflicts are marked by the parentheses number of the C Clauses. For instance, 364d exemplifies C Clause (9), “Achieves success and happiness in a hard undertaking.” This Conflict, 364d, will be found, marked “9”, under the A and B symbols of Conflicts in Marriage in the Classification by Symbols. An elusive terminal situation may be run down by consulting this Classification.

INDIVIDUALIZING PLOTTO. It is possible for the Plottoist to individualize her Plotto by adding material of her own. Every writer has newspaper clippings or other memoranda filed away for possible use. Let all this be catalogued in a loose-leaf book under the Conflict numbers to which each bit of material applies, and a notation to that effect penciled opposite the Conflicts thus amplified. This will broaden the usefulness of Plotto, often with concrete exemplifications of the Conflicts from real life.

Plotto Chart
Masterplots with Interchangeable Clauses
NOTE
A Plotto Masterplot consists of three clauses: An “A” Clause, a “B” Clause and a “C” Clause.
The A Clause is the Protagonist Clause.
The B Clause originates and carries on the action.
The C Clause carries on and terminates the action.
Any A Clause may be used in conjunction with any B Clause and with any C Clause. For the purpose of bringing all the B Clauses in juxtaposition with all the A and C Clauses, it is merely necessary to turn the narrow page.
Suggestions for evolving a plot to the pattern of the Masterplot selected will be found in the Plotto Conflicts. The Conflicts are listed in sub-groups; and each sub-group is listed under the full text of the B Clause which the sub-group exemplifies.
On the page immediately following the Masterplot pages will be found an index of the respective Conflict sub-groups under the parentheses number of the B Clause.
The C, or Terminal, Clauses are also numbered in parentheses; and Conflicts suggesting these terminations will be found opposite the C Clause numbers in the Classification by Symbols.
“A” Clauses
1. A Person in Love,
2. A Married Person,
3. A Lawless Person,
4. An Erring Person,
5. A Benevolent Person,
6. A Protecting Person,
7. A Person of Ideals,
8. A Person Influenced by an Obligation,
9. A Person Subjected to Adverse Conditions,
10. A Resentful Person,
11. A Person Swayed by Pretense,
12. A Subtle Person,
13. A Person Influenced by the Occult and the Mysterious,
14. A Normal Person,
15. Any Person,
“B” Clauses
(1) Engaging in a difficult enterprise when promised a reward for high achievement,
(2) Falling in love at a time when certain obligations forbid love,
(3) Seeking to demonstrate the power of love by a test of courage.
(4) Being impelled by inordinate fancy to exercise mistaken judgment in a love affair
(5) Becoming involved in a hopeless love affair, and seeking to make the best of a disheartening situation,
(6) Challenging, in a quest of love, the relentless truth that “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,”
(7) Becoming involved in a love affair that encounters unforeseen obstacles,
(8) Confronting a situation in which wealth is made conditional upon a certain course of action in a love affair,
(9) Being put to a test in which love will be lost if more material fortunes are advanced,
(10) Suffering an estrangement due to mistaken judgment,
(11) Confronting a situation in which courage and devotion alone can save the fortunes of one beloved,
(12) Falling into misfortune through disloyalty in love,
(13) Seeking by craftiness to escape misfortune,
(14) Falling into misfortune through the wiles of a crafty schemer,
(15) Finding a sustaining power in misfortune,
(16) Being delivered from misfortune by one who, in confidence, confesses a secret of transgression,
(17) Bearing patiently with misfortunes and seeking to attain cherished aims honorably,
(18) Rebelling against a power that controls personal abilities and holds them in subjection.
(19) Meeting with misfortune and being cast away in a primitive, isolated and savage environment,
(20) Becoming involved with conditions in which misfortune is indicated,
(21) Falling into misfortune through mistaken judgment,
(22) Following a wrong course through mistaken judgment,
(23) Becoming involved in a complication that has to do with mistaken judgment and suspicion,
(24) Becoming the victim of mistaken judgment in carrying out an enterprise,
(25) Seeking to save a person who is accused of transgression,
(26) Seeking secretly to preserve another from danger,
(27) Refusing to betray another’s secret and calmly facing persecution because of the refusal,
(28) Facing a situation in which the misfortunes of one greatly esteemed call for courage and sagacious enterprise,
(29) Aiding another to hide from the world a fateful secret,
(30) Enlisting whole-heartedly in the service of a needy unfortunate and conferring aid of the utmost value,
(31) Living a lonely, cheerless life and seeking companionship
(32) Seeking to conceal identity because of a lofty idealism,
(33) Resisting secretly and from an honorable motive a mandate considered discreditable,
(34) Embarking upon an enterprise of insurrection in the hope of ameliorating certain evil conditions,
(35) Becoming involved in a complication that challenges the value of cherished ideals,
(36) Undergoing an experience that results in a remarkable character change,
(37) Seeking against difficulties to realize a cherished ideal.
(38) Committing a grievous mistake and seeking in secret to live down its evil results,
(39) Forsaking cherished ambitions to carry out an obligation,
(40) Embarking upon an enterprise in which one obligation is opposed by another obligation.
(41) Finding an obligation at variance with ambition, inclination or necessity,
(42) Falling into misfortune while seeking honorably to discharge an obligation,
(43) Seeking to overcome personal limitations in carrying out an enterprise,
(44) Seeking by unusual methods to conquer personal limitations.
(45) Seeking to forward an enterprise and encountering family sentiment as an obstacle.
(46) Seeking retaliation for a grievous wrong that is either real or fancied,
(47) Finding (apparently) an object greatly coveted, and obtaining (apparently) the object,
(48) Assuming the character of a criminal in a perfectly honest enterprise.
(49) Assuming a fictitious character when embarking upon a certain enterprise,
(50) Being impelled by an unusual motive to engage in crafty enterprise,
(51) Devising a clever and plausible delusion in order to forward certain ambitious plans,
(52) Encountering a would-be transgressor and seeking to prevent a transgression,
(53) Opposing the plans of a crafty schemer,
(54) Becoming involved in a puzzling complication that has to do with an object possessing mysterious powers,
(55) Becoming involved in a mysterious complication and seeking to make the utmost of a bizarre experience,
(56) Seeking to test the value of a mysterious communication and becoming involved in weird complexities,
(57) Seeking to unravel a puzzling complication,
(58) Engaging in an enterprise and then mysteriously disappearing,
(59) Engaging in an mysterious enterprise and becoming involved with the occult and the fantastic.
(60) Becoming involved, through curiosity aroused by mystery, in a strange enterprise.
(61) Becoming aware of an important secret that calls for decisive action,
(62) Becoming involved in any sort of complication,
“C” Clauses
(1) Pays a grim penalty in an unfortunate undertaking,
(2) Emerges happily from a serious entanglement.
(3) Foils a guilty plotter and defeats a subtle plot.
(4) Undertakes a role that leads straight to catastrophe.
(5) Emerges from a trying ordeal with sorely garnered wisdom.
(6) Makes the supreme sacrifice in carrying out an undertaking.
(7) Reverses certain opinions when their fallacy is revealed.
(8) Achieves a spiritual victory
(9) Achieves success and happiness in a hard undertaking.
(10) Meets with an experience whereby an error is corrected
(11) Discovers the folly of trying to appear otherwise than as one is in reality.
(12) Rescues integrity from a serious entanglement.
(13) Comes finally to the blank wall of enigma.
(14) Achieves a complete and permanent character transformation
(15) Meets any fate, good or evil.

Index of Conflicts Grouped Under the “B” Clauses
(1) Love and Courtship 110
(2) Love and Courtship 16, 119, 271
(3) Love and Courtship 175
(4) Love and Courtship 148
(5) Love and Courtship 168, 313
(6) Love and Courtship 331
(7) Love and Courtship 333
(8) Love and Courtship 117
(9) Love and Courtship 116
(10) Love and Courtship 105; Married Life 369, 386, 391, 399, 418
(11) Love and Courtship 179; Married Life 545; Revelation 1462
(12) Love and Courtship 337; Married Life 547
(13) Love and Courtship 96, 244; Married Life 457; Misfortune 650; Craftiness 1247; Mystery 1373
(14) Married Life 471; Craftiness 1260; Misfortune 660
(15) Love and Courtship 12, 106, 265, 360; Married Life 496; Helpfulness 815; Deliverance 874; Chance 1051
(16) Helpfulness 831
(17) Idealism 934
(18) Misfortune 674
(19) Misfortune 685
(20) Love and Courtship 24, 153, 196, 280, 365; Married Life 571; Idealism 956; Necessity 1026; Chance 1036; Personal Limitations 1122; Transgression 1295; Misfortune 695; Mistaken Judgment 793; Deliverance 887; Obligation 997; Craftiness 1285; Mystery 1438; Revelation 1460
(21) Love and Courtship 40, 182, 205, 342; Married Life 369; Misfortune 595; Mistaken Judgment 747; Helpfulness 804; Deliverance 851; Idealism 897; Obligation 979; Necessity 1023; Chance 1034; Personal Limitations 1057; Transgression 1290; Revenge 1310; Mystery 1330
(22) Love and Courtship 255; Married Life 484; Mistaken Judgment 768
(23) Love and Courtship 21, 177, 328, 365; Married Life 538; Mistaken Judgment 786
(24) Mistaken Judgment 794
(25) Love and Courtship 122; Helpfulness 820; Deliverance 894
(26) Married Life 558; Helpfulness 825; Misfortune 671
(27) Helpfulness 824
(28) Love and Courtship 125; Helpfulness 836
(29) Love and Courtship 147; Married Life 537; Misfortune 667; Personal Limitations 1070; Simulation 1160
(30) Helpfulness 845
(31) Idealism 910
(32) Idealism 917
(33) Idealism 958
(34) Idealism 949
(35) Love and Courtship 292; Idealism 922
(36) Love and Courtship 152; Misfortune 680; Idealism 963
(37) Married Life 563; Idealism 965; Personal Limitations 1107
(38) Obligation 987
(39) Love and Courtship 123, 282; Married Life 508; Obligation 989
(40) Love and Courtship 287; Married Life 517; Obligation 1011
(41) Love and Courtship 19, 127, 294; Married Life 521; Obligation 1000
(42) Obligation 1018
(43) Helpfulness 835; Personal Limitations 1071
(44) Love and Courtship 191; Personal Limitations 1101
(45) Personal Limitations 1138
(46) Married Life 567; Revenge 1312
(47) Simulation 1165
(48) Simulation 1167
(49) Simulation 1173
(50) Love and Courtship 1, 66, 185, 230, 347; Married Life 419; Helpfulness 813; Deliverance 863; Idealism 932: Simulation 1141; Craftiness 1209; Mystery 1365
(51) Craftiness 1277
(52) Craftiness 1275
(53) Helpfulness 834; Craftiness 1280
(54) Mystery 1379
(55) Mystery 1385
(56) Mystery 1394
(57) Love and Courtship 174; Married Life 560; Helpfulness 833; Mystery 1399; Revelation 1460
(58) Mystery 1414
(59) Mystery 1418
(60) Mystery 1429
(61) Mistaken Judgment 802; Revelation 1447
(62) All Conflicts

THE PLOTTO CHARACTER SYMBOLS
Characters in the Plotto Conflicts are represented by symbols. These symbols indicate the relationship of the auxiliary characters to the protagonist. This relationship is invariably explained in the text of the Conflicts, with the exception of the symbols A and B—these being the symbols of the female, and the male, protagonists. These symbols give a certain uniformity to the characters and facilitate character changes or transpositions. Protagonist A, or B, might be a criminal, an officer of the law, an employer, etc., but the numeral is never used in connection with the protagonist symbol—the explanation is given in the text.
A, female protagonist
A-2, female friend of A
A-3, female rival or enemy of A
A-4, female stranger
A-5, female criminal
A-6, female officer of the law
A-7, female inferior, employee
A-8, female utility symbol
A-9, female superior, employer, one in authority
 
B, male protagonist
B-2, male friend of B
B-3, male rival or enemy of B
B-4, male stranger
B-5, male criminal
B-6, male officer of the law
B-7, male inferior, employee
B-8, male utility symbol
B-9, male superior, employer. one in authority
 
M-A, mother of A
F-A, father of A
SR-A, sister of A
BR-A, brother of A
D-A, daughter of A
SN-A, son of A
AU-A, aunt of A
U-A, uncle of A
CN-A, female cousin of A
NC-A, niece of A
NW-A, nephew of A
GM-A, grandmother of A
GF-A, grandfather of A
SM-A, stepmother of A
SF-A, stepfather of A
GCH-A, grandchild of A
 
M-B, mother of B
F-B, father of B
SR-B, sister of B
BR-B, brother of B
D-B, daughter of B
SN-B, son of B
AU-B, aunt of B
U-B, uncle of B
CN-B, male cousin of B
NC-B, niece of B
NW-B, nephew of B
GM-B, grandmother of B
GF-B, grandfather of B
SM-B, stepmother of B
SF-B, stepfather of B
GCH-B, grandchild of B
 
CH, a child
AX, a mysterious female person, or one of unusual character
BX, a mysterious male person, or one of unusual character
X, an inanimate object, an object of mystery, an uncertain quantity
Note: SR-A, SR-B, BR-A, BR-B, D-A, D-B, SN-A, SN-B, CN-A and CN-B may on occasion be merely SR, BR, D, SN, and CN.
Where necessary to indicate a female friend of B, or a male friend of A, the symbols aB-2, bA-2 may be used. Likewise, bCN-A, male cousin of A; aCN-B, female cousin of B, bGCH-A, male grandchild of A, aCH. female child, etc.
X added to any character gives to the character a suggestion of mystery.

Love and Courtship
Love’s Beginning
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
1
A, poor, is in love with wealthy and aristocratic B * A, poor, in love with wealthy B, pretends to be a woman of wealth **
A, of humble birth, falls in love with aristocratic B * A, of humble birth, in love with aristocratic B, pretends to be a woman of high social standing **
A, in love with B, finds that B considers her too perfect for married happiness * B considers his lover, A, too perfect for married happiness; so A simulates a “hardboiled” character in order to prove that she is not so perfect as she seems **
A, elderly, is in love with youthful B * A, elderly, in love with youthful B, seeks to forward her love affair by simulating youth **
A, a crook, outlaw, gambler, pretends to be an honest woman in order to forward her love affair with B
A is in love with B, who is devoted to scientific pursuits * A, who knows nothing of the sciences, pretends to be engaged in scientific research **
A falls in love with romantic B * A, in love with romantic B, pretends to be a hero **
A quarrels with her sweetheart, B, and fears she is losing his love * A, fearing she is losing the love of B, pretends to take poison with suicidal intent **
2
A, a poor clerk, finances a “fling” in high society * A, a poor clerk financing a “fling” in high society, meets wealthy and aristocratic B 1146 ch A to B 1187 ch A to B, and they fall in love **
A, a fugitive from the law and using a fictitious name, falls in love with B * A, craftily engaged in a secret enterprise, falls in love with B 1146 ch A to B 1169 ch A to B who has also embarked upon a crafty enterprise **
A, one of the “idle rich,” gratifies her love of adventure by frequenting the slums in the character of a city “tough” * A, disguised as a city “tough,” meets B, and they fall in love **
A is mistaken by B for A-8. B has corresponded with A-8 but has never seen her * A, falling in love with B, pretends that she is A-8 **
B, wealthy, devotes much time to settlement work; and, in carrying out his philanthropic enterprises, he pretends to be a shop boy * B, while posing as a shop boy, meets A, and they fall in love **
B, poor and humble but romantic, acquires unexpectedly a small sum of money; thus financed, he pretends for a time to be wealthy and aristocratic * B, poor and humble but pretending to be wealthy and aristocratic, meets rich and influential A 1163c and they fall in love **
B, a manservant, uses the wardrobe of his wealthy master and pretends to be a distinguished personage * B, poor but pretending to be wealthy and aristocratic, meets rich and influential A 1148a and they fall in love **
B, a criminal, assumes an alias and makes use of stolen funds in evading the law * B, a criminal in disguise, meets A 1169 1175a 1181 and they fall in love **
3
A is a judge, and B is a fugitive from justice posing as a man of wealth and fashion * A, a judge, falls in love with B, a criminal **
A, a detective, falls in love with B, the criminal she has arrested and is returning to the scene of his crime for trial and punishment
4
A, seeking to uncover duplicity by crafty enterprise, encounters the unexpected * A, seeking to uncover duplicity, falls in love with B, supposed to be guilty of the duplicity **
A recovers property belonging to an unknown man, B * A, in a spirit of altruism, restores property to an unknown man, B—and falls in love with him **
5
A, carrying the news of the death of her friend, A-2, to B, the boy to whom A-2 was betrothed, 70 ch A to A-2, is mistaken by B and his parents for A-2. B and his parents have never seen A-2 or A 26a, b * A, posing as her dead friend, A-2, falls in love with B, and withholds the news of A-2’s death **
6
A, traveling the highroad, drops a purse of money unnoticed * B, who has long desired to know A, picks up a purse she has dropped and restores it. A and B fall in love **
A, a judge, loses her brief case * B finds a lost brief case belonging to A, a judge, and restores it to her; and the acquaintance, thus begun, ripens into love **
7
A is crude, unhandsome and repellant to the gentlemen, although she desires to be a gallant * A receives from A-7 a small object of mystery, X, which A-7 declares will make her redoubtable in love. A takes X and fares forth to try it **
A is in love with B and fears her affair is hopeless * A, in order to prosper her love affair with B, secures a love philtre from the Seventh Daughter of a Seventh Daughter—a philtre that is guaranteed to bring her the love of B **
8
A has a repellant personality and, knowing it, she is timid in love * A is timid in love but, armed with a love charm, X, she becomes bold, and wins success **
A’s love affair with B is not prospering. A secures a love philtre and mixes it secretly in a cup of tea; but B’s unmarried uncle, U-B, drinks the tea
9
A and B, both single, craftily covenant and agree to ban love in their associations * A and B, engaging in an enterprise, mutually covenant and agree to ban love; but love enters into their little scheme in spite of their platonic notions **
A and B, young and single, enter into a business co-partnership * A and B, entering into a business co-partnership, ban love with every legal device—but in vain **
B’s cattle ranch was left to him by his mother; and every woman B hires as forewoman makes love to him sooner or later, and is discharged * B hires A as forewoman on his ranch, and she promises to keep her place and not make love to him; but B falls in love with her, and is presently glad to learn that A’s sole purpose in taking the job of forewoman was to win his love **
10
B is a criminal, and A is the detective who has arrested him * B, a criminal arrested by A, a detective, brings his charms to bear upon A in the hope of effecting his escape **
B, poor and in great misfortune, is befriended by wealthy A * B, poor, seeks to win the love of wealthy A **
B makes love to A in an attempt to escape misfortune
11
B’s father, F-B, a middle-aged widower, introduces A, his youthful lover, to B * B’s father, F-B, plans that his youthful lover, A, shall transfer her affections to B. F-B’s plans are successful **
B, middle-aged, and A, a youth, are in love with each other * B, elderly, in love with youthful A, seeks to have A transfer her affections to B-3, who is nearer her own age **
B, who is unworthy, finds that he has won the love of worthy A * B, unworthy, seeks to have his lover, A, transfer her affections to B-3, who is worthy **
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
12
A and B, each secretly, suppose themselves transgressors of the law * A and B,. supposing themselves fugitives from the law, meet in a foreign country and fall in love **
A, unmarried, and B, married, are shipwrecked and cast away on a desert island * A, unmarried, and B, married, fall in love when B supposes A to be his ideal. And then B makes a discovery **
13
B is discouraged regarding his romantic affairs * B, discouraged regarding his love affairs, meets with a “sign” which prophesies his marriage within a year **
B, as the world would have it, is an “inferior” person * B, an “inferior” person, falls in love with a “superior” person, A; and A’s apparent love for him gives him the power to bear patiently the misfortunes of his humble estate **
14
B, almost overwhelmed by misfortune, meets A, and they fall in love * B, winning the love of A, finds the courage to bear patiently with his hardships **
B finds himself in a great city, penniless and the victim of evil intrigue * B, helpless and in misfortune, meets a stranger, A, and they fall in love **
B, an attractive young widower, meets A, an equally attractive young widow * B, a widower, and A, a widow, meet in a cemetery where each comes with flowers for his and her lost spouse—and they fall in love **
15
B, plain and humble working boy, falls in love with A
B, plain and humble “slavey,” secretly adores A * A does not dream that humble B is in love with her **
(2) Falling in Love at a Time When Certain Obligations Forbid Love
16
A, a detective, has arrested B, a criminal, and is returning him to the scene of his crime for trial and punishment * A, a detective, falls in love with B, a criminal whom she has arrested **
A has taken vows that proscribe the love of man * A, although she has taken vows that proscribe the love of man, nevertheless falls in love with B **
17
A, unmarried, and B, married, thrown together in a solitary and lonely environment, fall in love
A, unmarried, out of sympathy for B, who is unhappily married to brutal and tyrannical A-8, falls in love with B
18
A falls in love with B; but A already has a husband, B-3. whom she has never loved, a husband whom she considers it her duty to care for
(41) Finding an Obligation at Variance With Ambition, Inclination or Necessity
19
A falls in love with B, and renounces wealth which she was to inherit by marrying BX
A, under threat of being disinherited, is ordered to commit an act that will prove a grievous injury to a near relative of B’s, the man she loves, A refuses
20
A seeks to buy an object, X, from B, an object she greatly desires. B will not sell * A and B, while engaged in a commercial transaction, fall in love **
A meets B while engaged in an enterprise, of indirection, and clever B finds a flaw in her explanations; B, also, is entangled in a snare of indirection, and A’s suspicions are aroused * A and B are mutually involved in a snare of indirection; nevertheless, they are drawn to each other and fall in love **
A is a young lawyer, retained by B to help him settle the involved estate of his deceased mother, M-B * A and B, during their meetings as lawyer and client, fall in love **
(23) Becoming Involved in a Complication That Has to do With Mistaken Judgment and Suspicion
21
A meets B and thinks he is a transgressor; and B, on his part, thinks A is a transgressor * A and B, each thinking the other is a transgressor, nevertheless fall in love **
22
A is a man-hater, but she is rendered, a service by B which causes her to revise her opinions of the opposite sex * A, a man-hater, falls in love with B **
A has an experience with B which causes her to become a man-hater
23
B, an “inferior” person, falls in love with A, a “superior” person, and seeks to win her in marriage
B, of an inferior race, falls in love with A, of a superior race
A, of an inferior race, falls in love with B, of a superior race
A, wealthy and of high social position, falls in love with humble B
(20) Becoming Involved With Conditions in Which Misfortune is Indicated
24
A loses her heart to B, a man she does not know, and wishes to marry him
A, attracted by the loveliness of B, loses her heart to him
A sees a photograph of B, a man she does not know * A, studying a photograph of unknown B, falls in love with him **
A, hearing of the character and charms of B, a man she has never met, falls in love with him and resolves to win him in marriage
A, of an inordinately romantic temperament, sees the hand of B; and, because of the hand’s shapeliness and beauty, falls in love with the owner, B
25
A, falling in love with B 32 38, whom she does not know, seeks an introduction
26
A and B have never seen each other; but, through their mothers, M-A and M-B, who are old friends, it is arranged that A and B shall meet and marry
A and B have never seen each other; but they correspond, and through their correspondence become betrothed
27
B, unworthy, wins the love of worthy A, and tense complications result
28
B, very ill and under the doctor’s care, fancies himself in love with the doctor, A
B, suffering misfortune with A, fancies himself in love with her
29
B knows nothing of A, having fallen in love with her at “first sight”
30
B, a stenographer, is in love with A, junior partner of the firm employing him
31
B, rescued from an accident by A, whom he does net know, falls in love with her
32
B, desiring love, has never had a lover, and feels the misfortune keenly
33
B, son of F-B, a widower, desperately opposes, and for very good reasons, F-B’s intention to marry again
34
B, humble and self-effacing, worships A, his love alone seeming a sufficient reward of happiness
35
B, a plain boy who has no lover, is persuaded by his friend, B-2, to accept an escort to a dance—A, a woman he does not know
36
B is attractive, but no woman pays him any attention * B, attractive, and humiliated because of his lack of admirers, resorts to simulation to gain contentment **
37
B, middle-aged, loves and is beloved by A, a youth
38
B considers love and marriage the great adventure, and eagerly proceeds with them
39
B, unmarried, cherishes fatherhood as his ideal
Love and Courtship
Love’s Misadventures
(21) Falling Into Misfortune Through Mistaken Judgment
40
A presents her sweetheart, B, with a novel; and the story, unknown to A, contains a character described as an adventurer in terms that exactly fit B. Or, the novel which A, by mistake, wraps up and sends to B was a gift to A from a former sweetheart, his name and her on the fly leaf, and various love passages marked. Or, there is something left by chance between the pages of the book at which B takes offense. Or, some of the incidents of the story (which A has not read), approximate events in the affair of A and B with slighting references to B
A encounters disappointment in love when B fails to answer a note she sent him
41
A, in love with B, refuses the wise counsel of B in business affairs, and an estrangement follows
A has promised B, the man she loves, that she will give up a practice which B considers discreditable * A, yielding to temptation, proves false to a promise she made her sweetheart, B, and an estrangement follows
A persists in taking measures against one of the family of B, A’s sweetheart, in spite of the protests of B. An estrangement follows
42
A, in love with B, discovers that B is in love with B-2
B, in love with A, discovers that A, Narcissus like, is in love with A
43
A, in love with B, quarrels with M-B, mother of B * B’s mother, M-B, is mysteriously slain, and innocent A is arrested for the crime **
44
A, a publisher in love with B, receives a manuscript novel from A-4, in which a man character, approximating B physically and temperamentally, is made the rogue of the story * A, a publisher, rejects a novel because of personal pique
A is so absorbed in her love affair with B that it has a disastrous effect upon her business enterprises
45
A discovers that B, unhappily married, is—innocently on her own part—in love with her
A, kind to humble B and considering him merely as a friend, is amazed to learn that he is in love with her
46
A meets B, her love of other days, and is surprised to find that her success in distant lands 967 has no charm for him that is not discounted by the meager opportunities of the home country
47
A asks that B allow himself to be hypnotized in order that she may learn where buried treasure has been concealed 1394 * A hypnotizes B, and B dies of psychic shock **
A persuades her sweetheart, B, to assume a fictitious character for the purpose of acquiring gain by transgression—with unhappy consequences for both of them
48
A knew very well that she would suffer adversity all her life when, in order to cancel an obligation she gave her son, SN-A, in marriage to A-8, a woman he did not love
49
A and B, lovers, meet with tragic misfortune but escape death * A and B, lovers, escaping death in a tragic misfortune, each believes the other has perished **
50
A, in love with B, impersonates another person at B’s instigation * A’s pretentions accepted, it develops that the person impersonated has a husband, who immediately claims A as his wife **
51
A loves B, and, when A confesses to B that she once committed a murder, B’s health declines and he worries himself into his grave
A confesses to B, her sweetheart, that she once committed a transgression, and the result of the confession proves disastrous
52
A, a fugitive from justice, hiding in the bush, through error shoots and kills B, her sweetheart, when she hears some one approaching her hiding place
A, seeking to benefit B, undertakes an enterprise which results disastrously
53
A loves B; B dies; and A becomes demented through grief * A thinks B has merely gone away for a time, and spends years in a vain search for him **
54
A is in love with B. One evening, as usual, A calls to see B ; but, where his beautiful home had stood, no later than the evening before, there is now only an ancient, timestained tomb—the tomb of B, who had died a hundred years before A was born
A, investigating a psychic mystery, falls in love with B * B, apparently in his early twenties, is dazzlingly beautiful; but he is really very old, and in his case the ravages of time were stayed in early youth by a psychic shock. A’s love dissolves the spell; and, under A’s eyes, B ages and his beauty fades **
55
A really loves B, although she has taken vows that prohibit love for man. A lives to regret her vows
56
B is cconvinced that several eligible women are in love with him * B is unaware of the fact that he is the victim of egotistical self-deception **
57
B, in a fit of discouragement over an unhappy love affair, meditates suicide and writes a note to his friends telling of his motives * B, contemplating suicide, writes a note explaining his motives; then he changes his mind—and loses the note **
58
B invents a wholly imaginary lover, AX; and, most unexpectedly, a woman of AX’s name and general characteristics, presents herself to him
B pretends that he is engaged to be married to an imaginary lover, AX, buys himself an engagement ring, and has the betrothal announcement published in a newspaper
B, single, pretends that he is a married man and assumes the name of “Mrs. Blank”
59
B, aristocratic, wealthy, romantic, falls in love with A, a designing rogue masquerading as a person of “quality”
60
B is abandoned by A, the woman with whom he eloped
61
B, in female attire, is suddenly revealed to A, the woman he loves, in his true sex
62
B is harrassed by gossip concerning women falsely rumored to be in love with his, and by relatives of the supposed lovers calling on him and making complaint
63
B, in love with A, sends A a gift which, he mistakenly thinks, will forward their mutual happiness
64
B is persuaded into a secret marriage by A, the woman he loves
65
B is so fully aware of the fact that he is beautiful and attractive that he thinks every woman is in love with him * A, whom B favors but who does not love him, seeks B out and bluntly tells him of his egotistical self-deception
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
66
A, her love rejected by B, revenges herself by cutting off B’s long hair
A, her love rejected by B, seeks revenge on the sex by becoming a heart-breaker, and a betrayer
A, her love rejected by B, seeks revenge by making love to eligible, wealthy men and getting money from them
67
A, elderly, wealthy, is in love with youthful B.* A seeks by a stratagem to discover the sincerity of B’s professed love for her **
68
A wronged B, the man she loved, but secretly; and A craftily retains her own high place in society while leaving B to bear the heartache and shame alone
69
A, in love with B and thinking B has committed a crime 1172 1206 1292 1293a, b, c. declares to the police that she committed the crime herself
70
A’s family is at war with B’s family; and A, in love with B, disguises her identity when calling on B
71
A seeks to escape annoying manifestations of love * A, in order to escape annoying manifestations of love, pretends [1] that a wax figure, X, is her invalid husband; [2] pretends that she is married; [3] pretends that she is engaged to be married
B, in order to escape annoying manifestations of love, resorts to simulation
72
A, in love with B, pretends to be her deceased friend, A-2 26a, b ch A to A-2 who was betrothed to B. B and his family, hearing of A-2’s death at last, believe A to be the spectre of A-2
73
A and B are in love, but B’s parents, M-B and F-B, do not favor A; and A and B plan to elope, marry, and then seek forgiveness of B’s people
74
A, young and romantic, sees a ruinous old house in a city street, a house said to be deserted. * A, her curiosity aroused, secretly watches the house; then, one day, she sees a beautifully rounded arm and a small, shapely hand 953 ch A to B 403 emerge from behind a broken blind and place something on the window sill **
A, hearing a man’s voice calling for help in a house she happens to be passing, rushes up the steps, through the front door—and into a romantic complication
75
A and A-3 are in love with B. A-3 seeks by craftiness to eliminate A
A, through the wily manoeuvers of A-3. her rival in love, is innocently lured into a compromising situation by B-5, man confederate of A-3
76
A and A-3 are rivals for the hand of B. A-3 plans to forward her own aims at A’s expense
77
A and A-3 are in love with B 85a. M-B, mother of B, seeks to discover by secret enterprise which lover is the more worthy
78
A and A-3, in love with B, are persuaded by capricious B to undertake a dangerous enterprise to prove their love
79
A’s rival in love, A-3, pretends to be A’s friend in order to lure her into an undertaking in which she will lose her reputation or her life
80
A, in order to ensure the happiness of B 85a whom she loves devotedly and who, she thinks, loves her rival, A-3 177 ch A to A-3 1175a ch A to A-3, fiees secretly so it may appear that she, and not A-3, committed a certain transgression
A and A-3 are rivals for the love of B, and A learns that B prefers A-3. A, in order to insure the happiness of B and A-3 slays herself and leaves her estate to B and A-3
81
A kidnaps her sweetheart, B, 206 284 311 from an automobile while he is on his way to marry A-3, A’s rival in love
82
B disguises himself and meets A, the woman he loves, as an Unknown * B seeks to discover whether A really loves him **
B resorts to simulation in order to discover whether A, the woman he loves, really loves him
83
B pretends that he is engaged to be married in order to be free of certain annoying experiences
84
B, in order to be free of unwelcome lovers, invents a mechanical figure, X, which he pretends is his wife
A, annoyed by unwelcome love affairs, pretends that she has an invalid husband, BX
85
B, in love with A, treats A harshly in an attempt to arouse her anger and spur her into proving her abilities
B seeks to prove A’s love for him by a stratagem * B deliberately manoeuvers himself and A into a compromising situation, and then places the responsibility squarely upon A **
86
B, unmarried and impelled by an unusual motive, pretends that he is engaged to be married to a fictitious person, AX, and has the announcement published in a newspaper
87
B disguises himself as a girl, in order to be near A, whom he secretly adores
88
B, in order to carry out an enterprise considered necessary, offers to sell himself in marriage to the highest bidder
89
B, thinking a symbol of lost love, X 1384, has a magic power of its own, seeks to regain love by wearing the symbol
90
B elopes with A, who promises him a theatrical engagement
B’s ambition is to do B-3 an injury; so he elopes with A, who is engaged to marry B-3
91
B, in love with A, seeks to save A from disaster 595 608 610 by shrewd enterprise
92
B is in love with A, who has been arrested on a criminal charge by A-6 753 1084 1101 * B, in order to help his lover, A, escape from A-6, the officer who has arrested her, makes love to A-6 **
93
B, wealthy, pretends to lose all his money in an unfortunate investment, by way of discovering which of his lovers loves him for himself alone
B, seeking to prove whether or not A really loves him 141, has recourse to a stratagem
94
B and A are in love. B-3, by craftiness 138 215a steals A away from B 216 * then B, matching his own craftiness against B-3’s, steals B-3’s thunder and wins A back again 359 361a, b **
B’s friend, B-2, an attractive married man, seeks to save A, B’s fiance, from the wiles of a designing man, B-3, and restore her to B. B-2 does this by winning A away from B-3
95
B will lose his lover, A, if he allows A to proceed with an enterprise 225 125a 1201 1267a 1278a instigated by himself. To avoid losing A, B defeats the enterprise by making a confession
(13) Seeking by Craftiness to Escape Misfortune
96
A betrays B and does not marry him as she promised
97
A, in love with B, seeks to save B, by secret enterprise and at any cost from threatening misfortune
98
A is one of the “idle rich”, who craftily retains her high place in society in spite of the fact that she has secretly betrayed a young man B
99
A and B, both unmarried, enter into a business association. They covenant and agree that love between them shall be taboo
100
A, in love with B, is determined to see B, although the determination will surely involve her in misfortune unless she resorts to crafty enterprise
101
A is so besieged by match-making mammas that their meddling seriously interferes with the practice of her profession. She resolves to escape the annoyance by a stratagem
A is a sentimental person, fancy free but yearning for love * A is a poet, fancy free, who keeps her lightning rods up in the hope of attracting a bolt of the divine passion **
102
B is falsely suspected of being in love with various women. He decides to free himself of the suspicion by a stratagem
103
B is in doubt as to which of his many lovers are in love with his money, rather than with him, and he resolves to settle the doubt by secret enterprise
104
B, if he wins a certain contest, also wins A-3, a lover of wealth and distinction whom he does not love, although he does love riches and social prominence; and if he loses the contest, he wins A, a poor lover whom he does love
(10) Suffering an Estrangement Due to Mistaken Judgment
105
A believes that her sweetheart, B, is dead; and B, at a distance, learns of this mistaken belief on A’s part
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
106
A is a crabbed, disagreeable person whose misfortune it is to find no pleasure in life * A, a crabbed, disagreeable person, falls in love with B 4a 9a, b and, under the inspiration of love, her character undergoes a transformation **
107
A’s little world seems to crumble about her ears when she fancies that her sweetheart, B, is false to her * A, discovering that B is still true to her, undergoes a character transformation; pep, persistency and eloquence return, and lead her to success and happiness **
108
A, sweetheart of B, is condemned to die for a transgression she did not commit * A, unjustly imprisoned, is pardoned and restored to liberty when B appeals to high authority, A-9 **
109
A loses her sweetheart, loses her liberty on a false charge 43 747 731 623 608, escapes prison and survives shipwreck 650 686 688 690, at last to reach the island where great treasure is buried 1394 1369 1403 1436 1406 ; 1408 1383. And she recovers the treasure
(1) Engaging in a Difficult Enterprise When Promised a Reward for High Achievement
110
A, in love with B, is promised his hand in marriage if she will: [1] successfully accomplish a work of great difficulty 209 225 111 112 113 114 115 [2] demonstrate her ability by securing a position at a salary which the parents of B think necessary for his comfort and happiness 1374 1377b; or, [3] solve a puzzling mystery
111
A, in love with B, is required by M-B, mother of B, to secure a certain amount of money before she will be seriously considered as a son-in-law
112
A loves B; and B’s mother, M-B, promises her B’s hand in marriage if she will carry out successfully an enterprise of great difficulty and danger
113
A, in love with B, struggles to accumulate enough money to be able to marry
114
B informs A, the woman he loves, that she will lose his love unless she overcomes her lack of enterprise and makes the determination to win her dominant trait
115
B is in love with A; but, before he will promise to marry her, he stipulates that she must do big work, wonderfully big work
(9) Being Put to a Test in Which Love Will be Lost if More Material Fortunes are Advanced
116
A loses wealth by marrying B against the wishes of a rich relative, who disinherits her
(8) Confronting a Situation in Which Wealth is Made Conditional Upon a Certain Course of Action in a Love Affair
117
A, a wanderer, is left a fortune by M-A, her mother, in case she can be found and will marry BX. a man she has never seen
118
A will be disinherited by her wealthy grandmother, GM-A, if she does not perform an act which will prove a grievous injury to M-B 276 ch M-A to GM-A, mother of B, the man A loves
(2) Falling in Love at a Time When Certain Obligations Forbid Love
119
A, unmarried, elopes with B, the husband of her dearest friend, A-2
120
A, unmarried, falls in love with married B; B’s wife, A-8, will not divorce B, nor will he divorce her
121
B, unmarried, seeks fatherhood because of a lofty ideal that does not shrink from public censure
(25) Seeking to Save a Person Who is Accused of Transgression
122
A and A-3 are both in love with B 84 235 280. A seeks to protect A-3 from arrest
(39) Forsaking Cherished Ambitions to Carry Out an Obligation
123
A, to protect a parent, M-A, is compelled to take measures aginst M-B, mother of B, the boy A loves
124
B is older than A and feels that it will be unjust to permit A to marry his, although he dearly loves her * B suffers remorse after rejecting A’s love **
(28) Facing a Situation in Which the Misfortunes of One Greatly Esteemed Call for Courage and Sagacious Enterprise
125
B, in love with A, who is unfortunate and unenterprising, sees an opportunity for A to make great gain and influences her to take advantage of it
B, in love with A who is forgetful and absent-minded, is asked by A to marry her. B tells A to call on him for her answer on a certain day at a certain hour. If she can remember to come, B is resolved to accept her
B is in love with A, who is engaged in settling the estate of B’s deceased mother, M-B * B’s mother, M-B, deceased, was heavily in debt, and A, wealthy, pays the debts unknown to B **
126
B, sweetheart of A, persuades A to seek wealth by transgression
(41) Finding an Obligation at Variance With Ambition, Inclination or Necessity
127
A believes that B will not marry her until she becomes wealthy
A believes that B will not marry her until she overcomes her personal limitations
128
A, in love with B, discovers that B is married to A-8
129
A and B are in love; but certain unhappy conditions prevent the cherished culmination of their romance
130
A is on her way to marry B and has only a few hours before the ceremony. She meets with misfortune
131
A is so much in love with B that her business languishes and she devotes all her time to courtship
132
A, if she carries out a certain obligation, will be unfaithful to B, and will lose his love
133
A loves B, and is compelled to stand helplessly by while B undertakes a dangerous enterprise
134
A, and the man she loves, B, are lost in the woods; and it is evident that they will have to remain in the woods all night
A, and B with whom A is in love, find themselves trapped in a ruinous old house from which escape seems impossible. Night is coming on, and B accuses A of seeking to compromise him so that she may win him in marriage
135
A and her mother, M-A, are both in love with B and wish to marry him
136
A and A-3 are in love with B *. Obliged to carry out the orders of A-3, A is commanded to [1] commit suicide, or [2] to leave the field clear for A-3 **
137
A and A-3, twin sisters, are both in love with B
B and BR-B, twin brothers, are both in love with A
138
A, engaged to marry B, receives a request from B-3, her former sweetheart, that she come and see him
139
A discovers that her best friend, A-2, is in love with B, the boy A is seeking to marry
140
A and B, associating in platonic friendship, find that love will not be denied
141
B, in love with A, has worn A’s engagement ring for years
142
B, in love with A, discovers secretly that A no longer loves his, although she is willing to marry him as she has promised
143
B has so many lovers that he has no time to give to any one or anything else
144
B, in the hands of enemies of A 616 719 is being forced to do their bidding 666 1010 by threats of violence against A, the woman he loves
145
B, an attractive boy, is so absorbed in serious pursuits that he subordinates everything else, even love, to his high ambition
146
B loves A; but A’s rival, A-3, makes a captive of B 81 tr A & A-3 and intends compelling him to marry her
(29) Aiding Another to Hide from the World a Fateful Secret
147
B shares with his sweetheart, A, an important secret which, if revealed, would bring misfortune to B
(4) Being Impelled by Inordinate Fancy to Exercise Mistaken Judgment in a Love Affair
148
A, because of her romantic surroundings 197 210-1, imagines herself in love with B
149
A, a widow, elderly, wealthy, temporarily bewitched by the vernal season, imagines herself in love with B, a servant in her own household
150
A, unmarried, elopes with B 405 ch A to A-2 477 tr A & A-2 ; 403 ch A to A-2 ; 468 ch A to A-2 ; 781 the husband of her best friend, A-2; then B leaves A to elope with A-3
151
A, fancying herself in love with B, corrects the error when her fancy is discredited
(36) Undergoing an Experience that Results in a Remarkable Character Change
152
A is a youth who is “wild” and hard to manage; she falls in love with B 812b ; 230 tr A & B 224 and her character is transformed
A’s secretary, B, is a criminal, “planted” in A’s home by A-5, a crook * B, a criminal, confederate of A-5, a crook, falls in love with his employer, A **
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
153
A, in love with B, has a valuable gift sent to B by a jeweler. * Through error, or by evil intent, packages are transposed; and the gift received by B, as from A, very nearly proves disastrous to A’s love affair **
154
A, planning to meet B at a country church where they are to be secretly married, becomes lost in a storm and does not reach the church until B, and all the others, have left
A’s rival in love, A-3, learning of the plans of A and B for a secret marriage, sends an automobile to the church with a confederate, A-5, who lures B away by telling him A has sent for him
155
AX, a gay young blade traveling through the country, takes refuge from a storm in a rural church. To her astonishment, she is hailed at once as a bridegroom, and is hurried to the altar where a pretty boy, B 38 166 in an exhausted condition, seems waiting for her. In a spirit of recklessness 421 ch A to AX, she allows herself to be married to his; and when he, after the ceremony, seems to realize that she is not the woman he thought she was, she hurriedly makes her escape
156
A, a pretender, in love with B, secretly discovers B making fun of her pretentions; she retires from the scene in disgust, hurt and indignant, and gives B up
157
A and A-3, once bosom friends, become enemies through their rivalry for the love of B
158
A’s rival for the hand of B, A-3, is more energetic and enterprising than A and seems to be more favored
159
A is in love with B and does not know she has a more favored rival, A-3
160
A has a rival in love, A-3, whose assurance is the key to her extraordinary resourcefulness
161
A discovers that a certain “charm,” X, with which she has won success in love, is no charm at all. The person who gave her the charm tells her that faith in it is all that counts. Let a woman be sure of herself, with or without a charm, and she is bound to conquer love
162
B, in love with A, is uncertain of A’s affections
B has been betrayed, and his child is to be born out of wedlock * B, a poor unfortunate, meditates suicide as the only way out of his misfortunes **
163
B learns that his lover, A, has fallen into desperate misfortune
164
B, a rich widower, has so many suitors he finds it difficult to make a choice
165
B loses his watch (or a locket), and has his lovers search for it. The picture of A, the lover B favors, is in the watch
166
B, running away from home to marry A, arrives in an exhausted condition at the church where he is to meet A. Scarcely realizing what is going on, he is married to a woman who, as his senses clear, he discovers is not A but AX 155. He swoons on making the discovery, and AX disappears
167
B, his first lover having died, after some years falls in love a second time. AX, the woman he loves, greatly cast down, tells B she is already married, and to a man she does not even know, BX. She recites the circumstances 365b ch B to BX 365c ch B to BX 365d ; * and then strangely, even implausibly, it develops that BX is B. 166 ch B to BX **
B, failing miserably in his chosen line of work, takes “the easier way” and becomes the lover of A
(5) Becoming Involved in a Hopeless love Affair, and Seeking to make the best of a Disheartening Situation
168
A, and her friend, A-2, traveling together, meet with a tragic accident in which A-2 is killed. Before she dies, A-2 requests A to carry the news of her death to her sweetheart, B 130 ch A to A-2 112 ch A to A-2 175 ch A-3 to A-2. A proceeds with her mission
169
A falls in with her friend, A-2, who is on her way to meet B, a boy she has never seen but to whom she is betrothed * A and A-2 meet with a tragic adventure and A-2 is killed **
170
A and B, lovers, have a violent quarrel, and B returns a gift, X, he has received from A
171
A, a humble lover, has a rival for the love of B—A-3 75b 899 ch A to A-3 925 -* who is cultured, polished and a woman of the world
172
B, estranged from his lover, A, whom he dearly loves, sends a telegram to another person and unconsciously puts A’s name and address at the top of it
173
B wore a certain ornament when his false lover, A, proposed to his. He has an odd conviction that the same misfortune will befall any other man who wears the ornament
(57) Seeking to Unravel a Puzzling Complication
174
A and A-3, rivals in love, agree to meet at a certain hour, call on B, and ask him to choose between them
(3) Seeking to Demonstrate the Power of Love by a Test of Courage
175
B puts the love of two suitors, A and A-3, to the test
176
B, seeking to make a test of his lover’s devotion, capriciously sends her into desperate danger
B, seeking to make a test of his lover’s devotion, capriciously plunges into danger to see if she will follow him
B promises A that he will marry her if she will successfully carry out a difficult enterprise
(23) Becoming Involved in a Complication That Has to do With Mistaken Judgment and Suspicion
177
A mistakenly believes that M-B, the mother of B, the boy she loves, is her enemy
178
B promises to meet A, his lover, at his home and introduce her to his parents. A, arriving in advance of B, is mistaken for A-7, a woman who is expected to call and apply for the position of butler
(11) Confronting a Situation in Which Courage and Devotion Alone Can Save the Fortunes of One Beloved
179
A, by mental telepathy, becomes aware of a terrible danger threatening B, the man she loves
A, at a long distance from B, and in a lonely country, hears an agonized call from her sweetheart over the phone 483 ch “wife” to “sweetheart”
A has a clairvoyant vision apprising her of danger that threatens her sweetheart, B
180
A, a woman of great strength and skill, is in love with B, M-B, mother of B, sure of A’s prowess and proud of it, in order to lure the champion of a rival clan, A-3, into a wrestling match with A 726b, offers the hand of B to the victor of the bout
181
A, riding her cow pony through the bleak hills, sees B, on a mettlesome horse, his bridle-rein broken, plunging helplessly toward the brink of a cliff. A, with a rattle of spurs, overtakes B and snatches him clear of the saddle.* Thereupon, love is declared and accepted 188a 241 360a **
A’s daughter, D, is determined to marry B, whom A thinks is unworthy * A, seeking to prevent her daughter, D, from marrying B, makes love to B and plans to marry him herself
A and A-4 held prisoners in a strange lost city, escape with the help of B, a supposed goddess * A is in love with B; and B, rescuing A and A-4 from their captors, flees with them when they effect their escape
Love and Courtship
Marriage Proposal
(21) Falling Into Misfortune Through Mistaken Judgment
182
B, thinking he has received a proposal of marriaqe from A 192a 195, accepts. Later, he discovers it was A-3 76 160 who proposed
A is in love with B. Intending to propose marriage to B, she discovers that she has proposed to B-3 * A, thinking she is proposing marriage to B, finds that she has proposed to B-3, who accepts her **
183
B, while in an irresponsible state of mind, promises to marry A-3 1d 239 ch A to A-3; and later, realizing what he has done, regrets the promise
184
B takes the opposite meaning of an ambiguous sentence and accepts A’s statement 196 288 as a proposal of marriage
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
185
A is in love with B and is determined to ask him to marry her, but B is so closely guarded that A is in despair because of her lack of opportunity * A seeks by subtlity to make an opportunity to ask B to marry her **
186
A, in order to rescue B, who is ill and without funds, pretends to be in love with him and proposes marriage
187
A, in love with B and wishing to propose marriage, finds it impossible because B is so busy she can never find him alone. She seeks to make an opportunity by stratagem
188
B, impelled by an unusual motive, agrees to marry A if he loses to her in a certain contest of skill [archery, shooting at a mark with rifle or revolver, solving a mystery] 1343 1364 1384 * B has the ability to defeat A in a certain contest if he so desires **
B, about to commit suicide, is restrained by a stranger, A. A is informed by B that life is too bitter, since there is no name for his unborn child * A, a stranger, offers to marry B and so save him from a crowning disgrace **
189
B, asked by A to marry her, wants a little more light on A’s character before making up his mind * B challenges A to a contest of skill, his acceptance or rejection to be determined by the result **
190
B, not in love with A, for certain reasons proposes to A, not in love with B
(44) Seeking by Unusual Methods to Conquer Personal Limitations
191
A, seeking desperately her chance to propose marriage to B, rescues him from drowning, and proposes while they are clinging to an overturned boat
192
A, lacking courage to propose to B face to face, proposes over the telephone
A sends her friend, A-2, to B with a proposal of marriage * A-2 proposes to B for A; and B, thinking A-2 is speaking for herself, accepts her **
193
A, in love with B but too backward and diffident to propose marriage, is horrified to hear a child, CH, who knows of her passion, propose to B on her behalf. * But A is overjoyed when B accepts **
194
B, thinking A loves him and lacks the courage to make an avowal, proposes marriage to her after she has rescued him from a tragic accident
B sends a telegram to A-3 accepting her offer of marriage * B, accepting A-3’s proposal of marriage by telegram, through error sends the telegram to A, the lover from whom he is estranged **
195
B, out in a storm on a pitch-dark night, receives a proposal of marriage. Unable to see his lover, and scarcely able to hear her, he nevertheless accepts—and meets with a disagreeable surprise
(20) Becoming Involved With Conditions in Which Misfortune is Indicated
196
A, because of timidity, is unable to ask B’s hand in marriage
197
A, threatened with death by savages, is offered her life by B, the ruler of the tribe, if she will marry him
198
A, of a proud old Southern family, impoverished in fortune, feels that she cannot ask wealthy B, with whom she is in love, to marry her
199
A is poor and crippled, and her pride will not suffer her to ask B, the man she loves, to marry her
200
A, in love with B and eager to win him in marriage, procrastinates as a matter of habit in making the marriage proposal
201
A, fearing that B will refuse her, finds it impossible to propose marriage
202
A, in love with B, has reasons for not proposing marriage
203
A and B, in love, are each too diffident to make an avowal to the other
204
A is absent-minded * A asks B to marry her and forgets that she has done so **
Love and Courtship
Love’s Rejection
(21) Falling Into Misfortune Through Mistaken Judgment
205
A, winning the love of B 23a, b 34 250 in her youth, and casting it aside, goes searching for it in later years
206
A, in love with B, discovers that her rival, A-3, is unworthy. B seems to favor A-3
207
A suffers remorse for telling B that she was married when she was not * A did not think that she loved B, but later finds that she does **
208
A, in love with B, discovers that B is a confirmed coquette and is merely playing with her
209
A carries out successfully a very difficult enterprise when promised the hand of B in marriage by M-B, mother of B * A, discovering secretly that B loves a rival, A-3, refuses to hold B to a promise of marriage made by M-B **
210
A, under abnormal conditions, falls in love with B; on returning to normal conditions, she sees B as he really is and her love fades. [1] A’s imagination errs in a high, mountainous country; on returning to sea level, the error is manifest, and she renounces it 148 150. [2] A’s imagination errs on the romantic side in spring; but, as summer advances, she corrects her mistaken fancy 149 151. [3] A believes B wealthy; on discovering that he is poor, her ardor cools 1e ; 59 ; 93a. [4] A’s romantic success is won with a love “charm”; on discovering that the charm is a humbug, romance evaporates
211
A, who has long cherished B in her heart as the loveliest and most perfect of his sex, returns home after a long absence and discovers that. B has become an immoral character
212
A is pledged by B, the man she loves, to undertake an enterprise that will bring her serious misfortune * B pledges A to an enterprise which, unknown to B, will bring her serious misfortune **
A, having carried out successfully an enterprise instigated by capricious B, renounces his love
213
A and B are in love; but one of A’s employees, A-7, tells B of a (seeming) transgression that A has committed. B credits the story * A-7 is a mercenary of A-3, A’s rival in love **
214
A, in love with B, is persuaded by Old Dry-as-Dust, the sage, AX, to turn from love as from something evil
215
A, because of the wiles of B-3. a coquette, breaks her engagement to marry B, whom she loves
A is in love with both B and B-3 * While A debates within herself whether she shall propose marriage to B or B-3, B and B-3 engage themselves to marry other lovers
216
A is about to marry B-3. who has deceived her into thinking B, the man she loves, is unfaithful
217
A’s rival for the love of B, A-3, basely deceives B with false suspicious of A
218
A, although she loves B, is a conceited person * B-3 flatters A’s vanity and so maneuvers her into an engagement to marry him **
A sends a gift to B, the man she loves; B-3 intercepts the gift, and craftily replaces it with a photo of himself, lovingly inscribed to A
219
A, influenced by her unmarried brothers, BR-A, BR-A, renounces her affair with B, the man she loves
220
A’s friends, A-2, A-2, believe that B, whom A is about to marry, is a man of immoral character and that A should be restrained
221
A, in love with B, renounces her love when told by her friend, A-2, that it is unwise
A’s rival in love, A-3, abducts A and holds her a prisoner as a means of preventing her from marrying B
222
A, in love with B, becomes estranged from B through mistaken judgment
A, in love with B, secretly discovers B in the arms of A-4 * A, secretly discovering her sweetheart, B, in the arms of A-4, leaves in anger, unaware that A-4 is B’s sister 708 -* ch A to SR-B just returned after a long, mysterious absence **
223
B’s mother, M-B, a religious fanatic, sends B away from home because he falls in love with A 6a 14a. who is not of their religious belief
224
B, the man A loves, proves false to her; and A fears B will reveal a secret 126 ; 1159 ; 1192 1165 ch A to A-8 & A-5 to A 923 that will cause her trouble if it becomes known
225
B awakens his lover, A, from her apathy by arousing her ambition to get ahead in the world—which results in disaster to his love
226
B, finding his supposed ideal lover, A 688 ; 307 296 324 discovers that A has “feet of clay” like all the rest.
227
B is unable to marry A because his mother, M-B, in using B for her subject in a scientific experiment, has instilled a poison into his blood
228
B wears a rose in his hair to reveal his love for A, as A has requested * B wears a rose in his hair to reveal his love for A; but the rose, unnoticed by B, falls from its place; and when A sees his, she turns without a word and goes away **
229
B, of an inferior race, in seeking to win the love of A, of a superior lace, learns how hopeless is the task of challenging racial conventions
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
230
A, impelled by an unusual motive, pretends to fall in love with B * A pretends to fall in love with B, and ends her make-believe by really falling in love **
231
A hopes, by a surgical operation on her skull, to be made immune from the “master passion”
232
A is an aristocrat; and B, the man she loves, is a “daughter of the people” and hates the aristocracy * A, an aristocrat, in love with a working boy, B, pretends to be a toiler **
233
A is in love with B, and they are to be married; but A leaves town mysteriously, no one knows what has become of her, and she does not return until after the time set for the wedding
234
A loves B and would like to marry his, but B considers A a weakling and keeps her dangling * A, in order to prove her “courage” to B, stages a mock rescue **
A, an aviator, is a person of masterful character * A, an aviator, in love with B and in disfavor with B’s parents, M-B and F-B, induces B to take a ride in her airplane; and then A elopes with B along the sky lanes **
235
A and A-3 158 100 are rivals for the hand of B. B secretly favors A, but because A is self-effacing and less enterprising than A-3, B pretends to favor A-3 in order to spur A into proving her worth and ability
236
A and A-3 59 ch A to A-3 are in love with B. B is about to marry A-3, whom A knows to be a crook * A induces her rival in love, A-3, to send B a certain gift, X; then, after X is sent. A proves that it was stolen by A-3 **
237
A, discovering that she is not a fugitive from justice as she had supposed, returns to her native country, secretly abandoning: B, for whom she had declared her love 12a while thinking herself a transgressor
238
A is engaged to marry B. B-3, a designing man, seeks to compromise A 218a, b so B will give her up. B-2 is a generous man who seeks by secret enterprise 844b to rescue A from the wiles of B-3 and restore her to B
239
B, poor, would marry wealthy A, whom he does not love, for the freedom from care her money would give him
240
B, revealing the fact that he is in love with A, of a family at war with his own, is denied further intercourse with A by his mother, M-A * B meets A clandestinely **
241
B, in love with A, and disapproved of by M-A, the mother of A, seeks as an Unknown to impress M-A with his character and charm
242
B disapproves of the women he meets in his own social and business world * B, disapproving of the women he meets in his own social and business world, envisions his ideal, the woman he would like to meet, and fares forth secretly in search of her
243
B, in love with A, rejects her love when he learns that she jilted B-2 277 B’s dearest friend, to pay attentions to him
(13) Seeking by Craftiness to Escape Misfortune
244
A fights against the blandishments of B 945c -*, a morally inferior man who is in love with her
245
A is accused by A-3, her rival in love 157, of having been born under a “bar sinister”
246
A, in love with B, of an inferior race, seeks to abandon B secretly in order to uphold a lofty conception of duty
A, victim of an apparently hopeless love affair, seeks contentment in befriending all who are in need, especially those who are unjustly treated * A, by her enterprises in altruism, finds that her hard nature undergoes a beneficial change **
247
A betrays B, thinking mistakenly that there is no one to take his part and avenge the wrong
248
A, recognizing a relentless obligation, renounces B, with whom she is deeply in love
249
B, in love with A, rejects her love because he thinks her a woman of evil mystery
250
B is in love with A, but A avoids men, believing them all tempters of Satan
251
B, denied love, seeks happiness in a mental personification of love
252
B refuses A’s offer of marriage because he feels that A is too model a woman for him to be happy with
B refuses A’s offer of marriage because he feels that A is so absent-minded she might forget she has married him
253
B is loved by wealthy A. B does not love A, but, for certain reasons, he yields to her importunities and marries her
254
B, although he loves A, realizes that he is not the intellectual equal of A, and that their marriage would prove a hindrance to her
(22) Following a Wrong Course through Mistaken Judgment
255
A, with a taint of negro blood in her veins—known only to herself—loves and is beloved by B, a white boy
256
A, in love with B, leaves B for B-3, a man who flatters her vanity and whose bold beauty has an appeal for her
257
A falls in love with B; but love, in A’s case, is a transgression
A loves B; but, after A meets with misfortune, B gives his favor to A-3, A’s rival in love
258
A, in spite of the fact that there are reasons why she should not marry, nevertheless plans to do so
259
A, when B, the man she loves, refuses to marry her, becomes [1] blase and cynical, a misandrist 224 230 243 245: [2] reckless, “goes to the dogs” or loses her mental balance in other ways 263 636 638 or [3] seeks to forget her unhappiness by indulging in a love for adventure
260
A loves B, but is rejected for a rival, A-3, who, known to A but unknown to B, is a transgressor
A loves B, but is estranged from him because she is so absent-minded and forgetful; she writes B a letter, assuring him that she has cured herself of her great failing—and forgets to post the letter
261
B, his life’s romance apparently wrecked, decides to marry the woman, A-3 284 290, he does not love
262
B receives a letter from an unknown source * B, influenced by an anonymous communication, breaks his engagement to marry A **
B, in love with A, receives an unsigned letter in which the writer states that he is the lover of A and begs B not to take A away from him
B, in love with A, receives an unsigned letter in which the writer states that he is the husband of A by a secret marriage, and asks B to use his influence in persuading A to return to him
263
B rejects A, an honorable lover, and accepts A-3, who is a knave * A becomes a crook **
264
B, in desperation and out of his great love, proposes marriage to A, and is rejected
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
265
A, while in a psychic state, has a prophetic vision of her rival in love, A-3, discredited, and of herself achieving happiness in love
A is very absent-minded * A, absent-minded, forgets that B has rejected her love and continues to pay court to him
266
A would save B, the man she loves, from marriage with a rival, A-3, when she discovers A-3 to be a scoundrel
267
B, discovering the perfidious nature of A-3, the woman he has promised to marry, turns from her to accept A, by whose shrewdness A-3 was unmasked
268
B refuses marriage with A, the woman he loves, because of an obligation * B sacrifices happiness when, faithful to an obligation, he refuses marriage with A, the woman he loves. His sacrifice, in time, brings the consolation of spiritual joy for a hard duty nobly done
269
B’s mother, M-B, bankrupt, refuses to give B in marriage to wealthy A-3, a woman he does not love, in discharge of her debts
270
B adores A 327b in secret; and when A disappears and reappears with a bride, B still finds his happiness in the great, unselfish love he still has for her
(2) Falling in Love at a Time when Certain Obligations Forbid Love
271
A and B are in love; but A realizes that if she, of an inferior race, should marry B, of a superior race, the result would be disastrous to both of them
272
A falls in love with B, after taking vows that forbid marriage, or love of man
273
A falls in love with B, who is betrothed to her friend, A-2
274
A becomes involved in a love affair at the same time that she becomes involved in a divorce proceeding 45a as the “other woman”
275
A and B, their families at enmity, fall in love with each other
276
A and B fall in love; but their mothers, M-A and M-B, are bitter political enemies
277
B falls in love with A, who jilts a friend of B’s, B-2 98 ch B to B-2 324 ch B to B-2 & B-3 to B in order to pay suit to B * B-2 grieves so terribly over losing his false lover, A, that B’s heart is wrung **
278
B suffers persecution and sorrow by falling in love with A, who is married but is unable to tell him that she is married
279
B, unmarried, falls in love with A, married * B, unmarried, falling in love with A, wife of B-3, is overcome with remorse. B flees from A and from the world to a solitary spot where he seeks to do penance and obtain a spiritual victory over his evil nature
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
280
A discovers that A-3, her rival for the love of B, is a defaulter
A discovers that A-3, her rival for the love of B, is a transgressor. In order to prevent the truth from, becoming known, A-3 kills A
281
A wishes to marry B, but is already united to B-3 365b ch B to B-3 354b by a secret marriage
A, overwhelmed by misfortune in love, commits suicide
A, poor, in love with B, suddenly puts forth a great effort and secures a large sum of money 1354b 1394 * A renounces her love for B and seeks to win wealthy B-3 **
(39) Forsaking Cherished Ambitions to Carry out an Obligation
282
A’s sense of filial obligation is so strong that, when ordered by her mother, M-A, not to marry B, the boy she loves, she gives him up
A, an Indian, in love with B, a white boy, is commanded by her mother, M-A, and by the head women of the tribe, to renounce B
283
B loves A, but rejects her love because of petty differences, and because his mother, M-B, is an enemy of A’s mother, M-A
284
B, in love with A, is compelled by his parents, M-B and F-B, to marry A-3
285
B cannot marry A, the woman he loves, because of his promise to live with his widowed mother, M-B, and make a home for her
286
B is ordered by his parents to have nothing to do with A * B allows himself to be governed by filial duty when his parents, M-B and F-B, order him to have nothing to do with A, the woman he loves **
(40) Embarking upon an Enterprise in which One Obligation is Opposed by Another Obligation
287
A finds that she cannot do justice to her chosen career if she marries B, the man she loves
288
A fears she has inherited the evil traits of an ancestor * A, because she fears she has inherited the evil traits of an ancestor, dares not ask B, the man she loves, to marry her **
289
A, in love with B and engaged to marry his, has almost wrecked her life with dissipation and feels that she should give B up
290
B is in love with A, but the sentiment of his family is against A and ranged on the side of A-3, A’s rival in love
291
B loves, and is beloved by, A, a woman who is poor but of admirable character; but B, accustomed to luxury, shrinks from the idea of poverty, even with love
(35) Becoming Involved in a Complication that Challenges the Value of Cherished Ideals
292
A considers B the acme of manly perfection * A considers B the acme of manly perfection; yet B, on the contrary, is a man of doubtful character **
293
A is an aristocrat; and B, the man she loves, is a “daughter of the people” and hates the aristocracy
(41) Finding an Obligation at Variance With Ambition, Inclination or Necessity
294
A discovers that her friend, A-2. is cruelly fickle in her love affair with B * A, discovering that her friend, A-2, is cruelly fickle in her love affair with B, takes her to task for it **
A, in order to arouse the jealousy of her friend, A-2. and cure her of fickleness in love, pretends to be in love with B, A-2’s sweetheart
295
A is in love with B; and she sues M-B, mother of B, for damages sustained in a certain proceeding
A, in love with B, and disapproved of by M-B, mother of B, is forcibly ejected from the home of B by M-B. A brings suit for damages against M-B
296
A tells B, with whom she is in love, that she has killed A-3 * A tells B, the man she loves, that she has killed A-3. and asks him to call the police **
297
A is the presiding magistrate at the trial for murder of B 10c 14a 27, the man she loves
298
A, an eligible young woman, is mystified by discovering in a newspaper the announcement of her betrothal to BX, a man she does not know
A is left a fortune by a deceased relative provided she will marry BX, a man she does not know
A is appealed to for aid by BX, a man she does not know * A, appealed to for aid by a stranger, BX, refuses aid, and regrets the refusal when BX mysteriously disappears. A considers herself under an obligation to find BX
299
A is in love with B; but M-B, mother of B, orders A to keep away from the house and away from B
300
A is in love with B; and B is plighted to A-3—a fact which A suddenly discovers
301
A’s rival in love, A-3, is favored by M-B, mother of B
A’s rival in love, A-3, finds a certain object B has lost, an object, X, that proves B’s love for A. A-3 appropriates X and says nothing about it
302
A, if she marries B, the man she loves 305, will be disinherited
303
A’s love for B meets with obstacles because: [1] A is poor 291 127a 125a 313; [2] too old 1d; [3] too young 37 124; [4] of inferior family 171 245; [5] of superior family 3a, b 232; [6] one of the “idle rich” 98 924b; [7] inherits a mental or physical taint 255 288; [8] is of questionable character 59 108 152a; [9] is divorced 334b 377a ch B to B-8 388; [10] is an ex-convict 338 695b; [11] is “under a cloud” 80a 237 274; or [12] wealthy
304
A is resolved to marry B, but relentless duty stands in the way
305
B is a white man who knows nothing of his birth and parentage * B’s rejected lover, A, spreads the report that there is negro blood in B’s veins **
306
B, in love with A, is detained by his mother, M-B, when he seeks to keep an appointment with A
307
B, compelled by circumstances to be a companion of A 898 -* 925 -* in an isolated place 688, alters his rosy views of love and marriage when he discovers, through A, the selfishness of women
308
B is locked in his room by his mother, M-B, in order to prevent him from meeting his lover, A, and telling her of his love
B sends a letter to his sweetheart, A, but it is intercepted by B’s mother, M-B, who does not approve of A
B sends a gift to A, the woman he loves * Unknown to B, U-B, an uncle of B’s who does not approve of A, secretly alters or marks the gift in such a way as to make it offensive to A, or exchanges the gift for some other object which will offend A 81 93b **
309
B and A are in love; but B, unknown to A, is already married
310
B breaks his engagement to marry A because he feels unequal to the responsibilities of married life
311
B’s parents, M-B and F-B, disapprove of A, B’s lover, because of her lack of enterprise
312
B’s love for A encounters obstacles because: [1] Either B’s mother, M-B, or father, F-B, knows a secret supposedly infamous regarding A 98 ch B to B-8 918a; [2] F-B and M-B are jealous of B and do not want him to marry any one 286 299; [3] B is the sole support of F-B and M-B 992 1032; or [4] B has a career before his which marriage would render impossible
(5) Becoming Involved in a Hopeless Love Affair, and Seeking to Make the Best of a Disheartening Situation
313
A has been promised B in marriage by M-B, mother of B ; but M-B, false to her promise, compels B to marry A-3, a wealthier woman than A
314
A, in love with B and about to marry his, is detained and does not reach B’s house in time for the wedding 130 154a 664 711a 719a 1040 * A, prevented by circumstances from marrying B, as planned, discovers the unworthiness of B 27 and decides not to marry him at all **
315
A’s love is rejected by B; and A, in an effort to forget, buries herself in an isolated part of the country
316
A, when B fails to keep a tryst with her. considers the failure a rejection of love
317
A is in love with B, but B proves false to her
318
A sees in a newspaper the announcement of the engagement of B, the man she loves, to A-3
319
A, in love with B, secretly discovers that B is about to marry her friend, A-2
320
A, in love with B, thinks B is a confirmed coquette, and is merely playing with her
321
A tries philosophically to make the best of fate when B, the man she loves, refuses her
A falls in love with B and intends to marry his. A’s parents, M-A and F-A, do not approve of B, and A is shipped off to South Africa to get her out of danger and give her a chance to do some serious thinking
322
A, in love with B, finds him unresponsive, reserved and distant
A’s love is rejected by B because, as he frankly tells her. she is hard-hearted and has made money her god * B advises A to go away somewhere and try to develop the generous side of her character **
323
B, of alien blood and inferior race, is abandoned by A, a white woman with whom he is in love
324
B loses the love of A when B-3 comes into her life
325
B, suffering disappointment in love, resigns himself philosophically to his fate
326
B loves A with all his heart but refuses her proposal of marriage because [1] he is so much older than A 37 124; [2] he discovers that A does not love him 142 162a; [3] he considers A an impractical dreamer 958 136b; [4] he feels himself under a compelling obligation
327
B loves A, but A, apparently, does not return his love
B loves A; and A, who is kind to B but not in love with his, does not even suspect that she is the object of his affections
(23) Becoming Involved in a Complication that has to do with Mistaken Judgment and Suspicion
328
A and B are in love and betrothed; A, supposed dead by B, returns and finds B arrayed for marriage with A-3 284 339 and accuses him of faithlessness
329
A falls in love with B in spite of the fact that her friend, A-2, has warned her against his
330
A, wealthy, is in love with B. A’s friends, A-2, A-2, think that B is a designing fortune hunter
A’s mother, M-A, disapproves of B, A’s sweetheart * B, by secret enterprise 241, proves his charm and worth to A’s mother, M-A, and she withdraws her objections to his marriage with A **
(6) Challenging, in a Quest of Love, the Relentless Truth that “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet”
331
B, a Polynesian man, challenges racial conventions by falling in love with A 687 689, a white woman
332
B, of alien blood and inferior race, seeks to marry A, the Caucasian with whom he is in love
(7) Becoming Involved in a Love Affair that Encounters Unforeseen Obstacles
333
A makes a gift to B, the man she wishes to marry—a gift of value, X, which is proved to have been stolen
334
A’s profession is a hazardous one—aviator, automobile racing driver, steeple jack. “human fly”—and B considers this fact an obstacle to their marriage
A, in love with B, was divorced from her first husband. B’s parents, M-B and F-B, have religious scruples against B’s marrying a divorced woman
335
A, in love with B, discovers that B’s desire for a career is an obstacle to their marriage
336
B loves A and is about to marry A-3. Accused of faithlessness by A, B shows a dagger, and declares that he intends to kill himself at the altar steps before A-3 can claim him for a bride
B believed that his lover, A, was what she seemed to be, poor and humble; but she reveals herself as a woman of wealth and station, incognito. * B, who considered A poor and humble, discovers that she is a woman of wealth and station; and, oddly enough, in B’s mind A’s deception outbalances the wealth and rank, and he makes her high estate an obstacle to their love
B, a white man, is in love with A, also white. B-3, a man of alien race, seeks to win A away from B
(12) Falling into Misfortune through Disloyalty in Love
337
A, in love with B, meets with misfortune when she leaves B for B-3, a man who flatters her vanity
A, engaged to marry B-3, abandons him and marries B * B-3 sues A for breach of promise **
338
A is told by B-7, a manservant in the home of B, A’s sweetheart, that B has informed the police of A’s criminal operations 1192 1194, and that she is an ex-convict
339
B, supposing A, the woman he loves, to be dead, yields to the wishes of his parents, M-B and F-B, and consents to a marriage with A-3
340
B, who loves A and is beloved by her, loses her to B-3 through the wily strategy of B-3
341
B’s father, F-B, is determined that B shall marry wealth; so, rejecting the woman he loves, who is poor, to marry the woman he does not love, who is rich, B is plunged into unhappiness
Love and Courtship
Marriage
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
342
A is sent into desperate danger by capricious B, on the very eve of their marriage * B, capriciously sending his lover into desperate danger, drains the bitter cup of remorse **
343
A is estranged from B, the man she loves, because of a difference of opinion over a trivial matter * A discovers B was right, acknowledges her error, achieves a reconciliation, and presently they are married **
344
A is estranged from her sweetheart, B, and B refuses to return money A had given him to save for her * A falls into misfortune 601 604; and her sweetheart B, from whom she is estranged returns money he has been saving for her, effects a reconciliation, and their marriage follows **
345
A, her love rejected by B-3, goes to a distant part of the country and meets B 9a, b 22a. A falls in love with B * B-3, filled with remorse because he rejected A’s love, goes searching for her, finds her, and is informed by her that she is presently to marry B **
346
B, of an inferior race, rescues A, of a superior race, and falls in love with her. A is engaged to marry B-3, a boy of her own people * A, telling B of an inferior race who is in love with her, that she is going away but will soon return, never returns, but marries B 3, a boy of her own people **
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
347
A, seeking to uphold a lofty conception of duty, secretly abandons B 23c 331 332, a man whom she loves dearly * A’s enemy, A-3, as a means of persecution, by subtlity 348 compels A to marry B **
A is compelled by M-B, mother of B, to marry B * M-B believes she is fully warranted in compelling A, at the point of a gun, to marry B **
348
A’s enemy, A-3, is captain of a ship on which A has taken passage, and on which B 87 is a stowaway * A-3, knowing a secret of A’s 347a -*, compels A to marry B, A-3 performing the ceremony **
349
A’s gift to her sweetheart, B, is returned by B to A on account of a lovers’ quarrel * A’s gift, returned by B on account of a lovers’ quarrel, is sent back to B, unknown to A, by A-2, a friend of both B and A; and attached to the gift is a note requesting B to keep it until A calls for it in person ** A, estranged from B, is influenced by A-2 to call on B; and the result of the call is reconciliation and marriage ***
350
A and A-3, rivals for the love of B, are put to a secret, gruelling test of worthiness by M-B, mother of B * A and A-3 are lured into a secret ordeal to prove their merit; A-3 flunks completely, but A succeeds almost at cost of her life ** M-B approves of A, and she marries B ***
351
A kidnaps her sweetheart, B, 284 300 while he is on his way to marry A-3, A’s rival in love, and marries him herself
A and B, lovers, are innocently thrown into a compromising situation 134a, b 876b * A, in order to safeguard B’s good name, has a marriage ceremony performed by a wandering circuit rider, A-8 **
352
A masquerades as a servant in the household of M-B, mother of B, the boy she loves * A, enacting the role of a servant, rescues B from an accident by heroic bravery 181a -* 851a -* not at all in the manner of a menial ** A stands revealed as the lover of B whom M-B has not favored *** M-B approves of A, and A and B are married ****
A rescues B, the man she loves, from a villainous rival in love, A-3 154b. A marries B
353
A is supposed by B’s parents, M-B and F-B, to be A-2, to whom B is betrothed * A elopes with B and marries his; A then returns B to M-B and F-B, tells them that A-2, to whom B was betrothed, is dead, and asks and receives the parental blessing **
354
B, impelled by an unusual motive, invents a fictitious character, AX * AX, a fictitious character invented by B, “comes to life,” falls in love with B 4a ch A to AX 298 ch A to AX, and they marry **
B must be married when he reaches a certain age if he would receive a rich inheritance * B has no lovers, but a “marriage of convenience” is arranged with A, on the understanding that it is to be secret, and that A is never to see B after the marriage **
355
B, capable of winning a contest against his lover, A, deliberately suffers defeat—because it has been agreed that he shall marry A if she wins
356
B could easily win a contest, but he deliberately allows himself to be defeated, thereby losing wealth, but winning in marriage poor A, the woman he loves
357
B, knowing that his sweetheart, A, believes him to have perished in a tragic accident discovers by secret enterprise 82a 87 that A has remained true to him 497 ch “wife” to “sweetheart” reveals his identity and they marry
358
B, a working boy, discovers that his lover, A, is wealthy and only pretending to be a toiler * B pretends to be wealthy, and merely masquerading as a shop boy ** In order to win B, A is compelled to confess her true rank and station *** B, having given A a Roland for her Oliver, reveals to A his own rank and station ****
359
B, unworthy, wins the love of worthy A; and B, by pretending to be worthy, presently achieves worthiness * —and a reward of married happiness **
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
360
A, thinking her love rejected by B, receives a letter from B telling her how much he loves her, and that his mother, M-B, has consented to their marriage
A loves B, but she is uncertain of his affections and is too timid to propose marriage * A finds an object, X, which B has lost, an object that proves his love for her 165 ** A joyfully proposes to B and is accepted ***
361
A proves false to B, the man she loves, and has a disastrous affair with B-3 * B-3 abandons A after she loses her money 606 630 and is injured and sent to a hospital 655 710 ** B, still loyal, returns to A, and there is reconciliation and marriage ***
A proves false to B, the love of her youth * A, middle-aged, goes searching for B, the sweetheart of her earlier years ** 205 A finds B patiently waiting for her, and they marry ***
362
A and B are lovers, their families at enmity. A and B elope and are pursued by their rival kindred * A and B, eloping and hotly pursued by their rival kindred, are suddenly plunged into terrible danger. A makes a heroic rescue of B under the very eyes of their anguished relatives ** Out of A’s heroic rescue of B is born a reconciliation of opposing houses, and married happiness for A and B ***
363
A revolts against opposing restrictions and achieves happiness in marriage with B
A renounces an enterprise against M-B, mother of B, the boy she loves, when M-B withdraws her objections to A as a son-in-law and allows her to marry B
364
B, a white man, contemplates suicide when a mystery of his birth and parentage apparently yields an evil secret * A, B’s loyal lover, working in secret, secures proof of B’s unsullied lineage 1051 1052 -*; and they marry **
B, in love with A and estranged from her, after various misadventures 82a 89 discovers that A still loves him * A reconciliation is effected, and they marry **
A, with a taint of inferior blood in her veins, is in love with B, supposedly a white boy. She is about to give B up when she discovers that B also has a taint of inferior blood 255 tr A & B 1051 * A marries B **
A, with the help of B, overcomes an ignoble weakness * A’s gratitude to B blossoms into love; and. when A is sure she has rehabilitated her character, she proposes marriage to B and is accepted **
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
365
A and B, not in love with each other, nevertheless marry because it seems the logical outcome of their long, friendly association
A and B, unknown to each other, in a spirit of fun at a masquerade ball, go through with a supposedly mock marriage ceremony. It later appears that the marriage was legal
A is married to an unknown man, BX, by an insane clergywoman, A-8, at the point of a gun
A marries BX, a man she does not know * A and BX, wife and husband, go their different ways immediately after the marriage ceremony **
366
A refuses an inheritance because of a restriction that she must not marry; then she marries B
367
B offers to marry A and, as her husband, help her to rebuild her wasted life
B doubts A when she tells him she loves him; then, having convinced himself of A’s love 97 116, B accepts A and they are married
368
B, having rejected A, the woman he loves, because of an obligation he feels himself under to his mother, M-B, is informed by M-B that she is going to be married—and B finds himself turned out on the world
B marries wealthy A, a woman he does not love, in order that he may have money with which to help a parent who is in desperate need
B accepts his lover, A, and A secures a marriage license; then, before B and A can marry, B suddenly marries A-3, A’s rival in love
B, a foundling, has the secret of his birth and parentage revealed to him by A. A rich estate awaits B’s claim and proof of parentage * A, in love with B, is poor and feels that she may not aspire to the hand of wealthy B; but B proposes marriage to A, and happiness is the result **
A, unhappily married to B and in love with B-3, is too high-minded to seek a divorce * A’s unworthy husband, B, is killed in an accident, and A is free to marry B-3, whom she has long loved **
Married Life
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
369
A and B, married and devotedly in love with each other, are hasty and intolerant * A and B quarrel 372 373, and an estrangement results **
370
A, wife of B, loves B devotedly, but she is so constituted that she never shows her true feelings and often masks them with something that suggests their exact opposite * B mourns over the mistaken belief that he has lost A’s love **
371
A is suspected of having murdered 416 417 her husband, B
372
A and B, devotedly in love with each other, through failure to understand each other’s ideals 898 899 -* 908 976, develop an incompatability which results in frequent quarrels
373
A is so much older than B that, after their marriage, the discrepancy in their ages 808b becomes the cause of quarrels and, finally, of estrangement
374
A believed B was of an artistic nature * After marriage, A is sorely disappointed on discovering that B is indolent in the pursuit of a career **
375
A is more capable than her husband, B, although B thoughtlessly treats her as mentally inferior
376
A, wife of B, holds B in subjection * A is a religious fanatic who makes B miserable with her petty domination **
377
A divorces her husband, B * B is devoted to A, and she owes much of her prosperity to his loyalty and shrewd advice **
A marries B, thinking he is wealthy; after marriage, she discovers that B is not wealthy * A, bankrupt, divorces B and plans to marry wealthy B-3 ** B-3, whom A, divorced, seeks to marry, marries another woman *** B, just divorced by A, falls heir to a large estate ****
378
A, marrying a widower, B, discovers that she has “caught a tartar” and has wedded a domestic tyrant
379
A suffers the loss of happiness in carrying out honorably a distasteful obligation to divorce her husband, B
380
A is jealous of her husband, B * A embarks upon an ill-considered enterprise of gambling and loses money that is not her to lose ** A gambles with A-3, the woman with whom A believes her husband has an “affair” ***
381
A finds a note 561 562 582 tr B & A, somewhat ambiguously worded, which leads her to a wrong conclusion regarding the conduct of her husband, B * A is fired to seek revenge **
382
A, in order to restore to B, without a confession of culpability, wealth of which she has secretly defrauded him, marries him * Then she falls in love with B-3 **
383
A’s husband, B, has a birthmark which mars his beauty * Influenced by the thought, A grows discontented, and her love begins to wane **
384
A and B, married, live with A’s father. F-A * B quarrels with F-A, and with A on account of F-A **
385
A and her husband, B, have frequent and violent quarrels * B is mysteriously murdered 387 and A, innocent, is suspected of the crime **
A is asked by B-2 a friend of her deceased husband, B, for a bundle of love letters which B-2 had given to B for safe-keeping * A, wife of B, suspects B of receiving love letters—and discovers that the letters were merely being held by B for B-2 for safe-keeping **
386
A leaves her devoted, loving husband, B, to take up with B-3, a man who flatters her vanity * B-3 is wealthy, but shallow; and A, in following his advice, fails miserably in all her undertakings **
387
A presents her husband, B, with a gift as a testimonial of her love * 1333a A finds B dead, slain by the gift she had presented to him **
388
A divorces B, then seeks a second marriage with him * B’s health was declining and beauty fading when A secured her divorce from him ** B, his health restored, considers heself well rid of A ***
389
A, thinking her first husband is dead 49 400 486a, marries again and has children by her second husband * A learns that her first husband was living at the time of her second marriage, but that he has died since her second marriage ** This invalidates the second marriage *** A seeks to make a new will and go through another marriage ceremony with her second husband, but is killed in an accident on her way to her lawyer’s **** Thus the children of A’s second marriage are illegitimate, and A’s property descends to the relatives of A’s deceased first husband *****
390
A, through accident 711b loses an object, X, belonging to her friend, A-2, at the door of a man whose character is not of the best * X, an object belonging to A-2, is lost by A in a place of evil character, and, found, is sent by a mischief maker to A-2’s husband with a note stating where it was found 478 ** A-2, falsely suspected of transgression, finds herself in a most unhappy position until A, by a statement of the facts, clears A-2 of suspicion ***
391
A, through mistaken judgment, becomes estranged from her loving husband, B * A has a foolish escapade with B-3 386 540, whereby her eyes are opened to her error and folly ** A, enlightened and transformed by the revelation of her error, returns humbly to her husband, B ***
392
A believes she sees the apparition of her dead husband, B * A struggles to overtake the fleeing apparition of B, falls from a cliff and meets her death **
393
A, married to B, is haunted by memories of a former sweetheart, B-3 * Because of her memories, A’s married happiness is not what it should be ** A finds B-3, her love of other days, and discovers that his beauty and charm have faded 244 ch B to B-3 211 ch B to B-3 A knows at once that her emancipation from the. evil influence of B-3 is complete, and she returns to B a better and a wiser woman ***
394
A, married to B, escapes from B on plausible pretexts 443 -* and lives in a furnished room for a few days each month * B discovers A’s deceit 443 *-****, trails her, and learns how A is merely seeking home comforts denied her by B ** 417 478 B, realizing suddenly the injustice his exacting nature has been causing A, promises to be different—and there is a reconciliation ***
395
A’s ideal of married happiness is tranquility and comfort * A’s husband, B, proves himself a termagant, and quarrels are frequent **
396
A learns that her husband, B, has been true to her * A-3, the woman with whom A thought B had eloped, A discovers, was married several days before the date of the supposed elopement **
397
B, married to A, has a flirtation with A-3, unmarried * Married B is away with unmarried A-3 when A-3 suddenly dies **
398
B fancies himself neglected by his wife, A * A-3, the “other woman,” appears and, by flattering married B, and sympathizing with him, causes him to imagine he is in love with her **
B fancies himself neglected by his wife, A * B, in order to win back his wife, A’s, love by arousing her jealousy, flirts with A-3 **
399
B is the sensible, devoted husband of A * A is the victim of egotistical self-deception ** A, advised wisely by B, thinks B is jealous of her great abilities *** An estrangement results ****
400
B deserts his wife, A, for another woman, A-3 * B, deserting his wife, A, for A-3, discovers that A-3 is in love with another married man **
401
B’s wife, A, has failed to return home and B is worried about her * B, thinking his wife A is in danger, plunges into danger himself on the chance of finding her and helping her **
402
B, married to A, supposes A is dead and marries A-3 339 * A, supposed to be dead, returns mysteriously as from the grave ** A seeks to force B to give up A-3. the woman he has married ***
403
B’s wife, A, is brutal and tyrannical * Goaded beyond his powers of endurance, B puts poison in a glass and gives it to A ** B, giving his wife, A, poison, flees before the poison has time to take effect ***
404
B, after a loveless marriage with A-3, obtains a divorce and begins searching for A, the woman he loves and from whom he became estranged
405
B is the second husband of A, a widow * A, thinking she has been disloyal to her first husband, B-3, makes B unhappy by her brooding **
406
B, just married to A, tells A he does not love her * B informs his wife, A, that he married her from pique and because A-3, the woman he loves, married B-3 **
407
B is flogged by his wife, A, for a transgression 445a -* 483b 553 381 -* he did not commit
408
B, husband of A, keeps their house so well-ordered, and is so tyrannical and unreasonable about it, that A’s home life becomes a hell
409
B, husband of A, informs A that he is in love with A-3
410
B has committed a secret transgression in order to help his wife, A * B finds himself in the toils of A-5 **
411
B, happily married to A, commits an indiscretion
B, husband of A, secretly borrows money from his old lover, A-3, for a certain purpose * A-3 seeks to use her power over B to advance her own selfish aims **
412
B, husband of A, is annoyed by the little mannerisms of A: The crook of her elbow as she lifts a cup or glass, her endless repetition of what she considers humorous stories, her old carpet slippers, her habit of snoring when she takes her afternoon nap, etc. These trifling banalities so work on B’s nerves that bitter quarrels result
413
B marries A, a woman much older than himself * B does not love A but thought when he married her that she would help him realize his consuming ambition ** B’s great desire is to become an actress *** A, wife of B, proves a brutal tyrant and gives B nothing but harsh and inconsiderate treatment ****
414
B, husband of A, admires the personal independence of B-2 and would pattern after him * A has no admiration at all for B-2 and his ways **
415
B learns that his supposed legal marriage to A was a farce * B is abandoned by A and left penniless and alone **
416
B, husband of A, dies as the result of an enterprise undertaken for his supposed benefit
417
B, while too severely reprimanding his wife, A, bursts a blood vessel and expires
418
B, married, quarrels with his wife, A, and runs away from home in an attempt to find peace and contentment * B has an experience with A-3 which proves to him that running away from, his wife, A, was a mistake **
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
419
A must have her abilities recognized by her husband, B, in order to be happy 432a 463 * A leaves B to run their joint business enterprise alone, and goes to a distant place, knowing that her absence will cause B to discover her business worth **
420
A lives unhappily with her husband, B * A’s marital discontent prompts her to reckless and questionable adventures **
421
A marries B in order to emancipate herself from the evil influence of B-3 * B-3 is a heartless coquette whom A loves **
422
A secretly defrauds B of a large sum of money * A 701 ch A-2 to B marries B in order to make a crafty restitution of property which, before marriage, she had stolen from him **
A has married B for his money * A, having secured B’s money, grows tired of him ** A tells B she is a criminal, and will presently be arrested by the police *** A induces B to enter into a suicide pact with her **** B, carrying out a suicide pact with A, kills himself; A does not kill herself, but craftily explains that B commited suicide *****
423
A and B, woman and husband, each secretly leaves home on the same day * A believes she has deserted B, and B believes he has deserted A **
A and B, woman and husband, are wealthy and socially popular * A and B are so occupied with social engagements that they have no time for the enjoyment of each other’s society ** A and B seek solitude where they can be alone together *** A and B find the solitude they crave in [1] a lonely lighthouse, [2] on a desert island or [3] by pretending they leave for an extended trip abroad, closing their magnificent home and living secretly in humble furnished quarters ****
424
A, an artist, works secretly as a day laborer in order to help her husband, B, who is also an artist * A tells B she is “realizing money on her art” **
425
A has a daughter by her white husband, B. B dies * A, while traveling abroad 917, marries B-3, a man of inferior race 347a ch B to B-3 901 ch B to B-3, abandons him and returns to her own country ** This secret A craftily keeps from her daughter, D-A ***
426
A, married to B and desiring her freedom, resorts to craftiness * A persuades her friend, A-2. to elope with B **
427
A, married to B, is impelled by an unusual motive to furnish a suite of bachelor lodgings in another town. She does this unknown to B * A secretly retires to her bachelor apartments and lives a hermitlike existence **
428
A and her husband, B, are artists. Their art does not prosper * A and B encounter dire misfortune. Each seeks some secret method of recouping their joint finances **
429
A, married to B, is impelled by an unusual motive to drop out of sight, lose her personality and go adventuring in the under-world
A and B, married and devotedly in love with, each other, are impelled by an unusual motive to drop out of sight, leave the world they know and search for an environment more to their liking
430
A, wife of B, is heavily in debt * A disappears mysteriously **
431
A, wealthy and desiring to be poor, has married B in order that he may spend her money
432
A, married to B, seeks by secret enterprise to effect a change in unpleasant marital conditions
A’s husband, B, is a mystery man * A does not know B, and has not seen him since the day of their romantic marriage **
433
A’s enemy, A-3, who wronged A grievously, is dead * A seeks to revenge herself upon B, the husband of A-3, for a grievous wrong committed by A-3 **
A’s husband, B, is loved by A-3 * A-3 seeks craftily to win B, the husband of A **
434
A’s husband, B, seems to have an “affair” with another woman, A-3 * A is manoeuvered by A-3 into gambling with money not her own, and losing it **
A is craftily manoeuvered into misfortune by A-3 * A, in the power of A-3, is compelled to divorce her husband, B **
435
A marries B, a man who, unknown to A, is already married to A-3, a wife who is living and undivorced * A-2, a friend of A’s, sends A-3 to A, B’s second wife, and exposure of deceitful B follows **
A’s husband, B, is untrue to her, a fact of which A is in ignorance. A-2 discovers B’s unfaithfulness, and informs A, who is on her death bed obstinately refusing treatment that would heal her * A, desperately ill, fired by tales of her husband, B’s, unfaithfulness, makes up her mind to live and takes treatment that cures her **
436
A, wife of B, a very beautiful man, persuades B to pretend that he is her brother * A fears that she will be killed by some admirer of her husband, B, so that the admirer may marry B **
437
A, married to B, loses her identity * A assumes a fictitious identity and marries B-3 **
438
A seeks to achieve the refinement of cruelty in persecuting her husband, B * A secretly and mysteriously sequestrates herself and fosters the deception that she is dead **
439
B’s friend, A-3, seeks to save him from persecution at the hands of his brutal wife, A * B’s friend, A-3, forces a quarrel on B’s brutal wife, A, hoping A will kill her, thus entangling herself with the law and freeing B of her tyranny. A-3 accomplishes her heroic sacrifice **
440
A is impelled by an unusual motive to marry B, a man she does not love * A succeeds by a stratagem in leaving her unloved husband, B 1204 ch B to A & B-8 to A-8 952 and, under a fictitious name, marries B-3, the man she loves **
441
B, husband of A, is a drug addict * B keeps his wife, A, in ignorance of the fact that he is a drug addict **
442
B is forbidden by his wife, A, to do a certain thing * B, ordered by his wife, A, not to do a certain thing, does it anyway, during A’s absence from home **
443
B’s wife, A, leaves for town, as she declares, to meet a friend, A-2 * A’s friend, A-2, sends a letter to A; it arrives during A’s absence, and B opens it ** A-2, friend of A, is in a foreign country; and B conceals the letter from A-2 and, the next time A leaves home “to meet A-2,” B trails her ***
444
B elopes with A-3, who has artfully inspired doubts of his wife, A’s
445
B, husband of A, is mistakenly supposed by A to have an “affair” with A-3 * B, husband of A, detests A-3. but calls on her at her apartment at night 483b 583b ** B forces A-3, at the revolver point, to return to his money which she has taken craftily from A ***
B, husband of A, seeks desperately to escape disaster * B drinks a potion which throws him into a condition resembling death, having been assured that A will appear and rescue him when he revives **
446
B, husband of A, is guilty of an indiscretion * B, in order to escape consequences of personal culpability, falsely accuses innocent A-2 **
B, husband of A, calls on his lover, A-2 * A calls on her friend, A-2 ** A-2 conceals B so A will not see him *** A discovers her husband, B, concealed in the apartment of her her friend, A-2 ****
447
B, in his extreme youth, was lured into marriage with a criminal, A-5 * A-5 a criminal, is killed, and B, her widower, leaves home and goes to a distant country ** B marries A 20a, c 24a, b. a woman of wealth and high social standing, and keeps his black past a close secret ***
448
B kills his wife, A, in order to prevent A from revealing an evil secret
449
B is happily married to A * B, husband of A, impelled by an innocent motive, clandestinely meets an old lover, A-3 **
450
B seeks by secret enterprise to be free of A, his wife who is poor, in order that he may marry wealthy A-3
451
B, married to A and neither widowed nor divorced, pretends to be single * B, married, assumes another name and marries A-3 **
452
B seeks by secret enterprise to emancipate himself from fear of his wife, A
453
B believes he has killed his wife, A * B seeks to save himself from the consequences of transgression by taking to flight **
454
B’s wife, A, married him under false pretenses * B seeks by secret enterprise to be revenged upon his wife, A **
455
B secretly disposes of a dearly prized possession in order to buy his wife, A, a Christmas (or birthday or wedding anniversary) present
B, and his wife, A, have fallen upon evil days * B, in order to “keep the wolf from the door,” finds work in a laundry, but tells A he is working as an “art director” **
456
B bears a close physical resemblance to B-8 * B marries A. B has property in his own name which, by a marriage settlement, is to descend to A if she outlives B ** B-8 dies, and A contrives to make it appear that it was B who died *** B, as B-8, is immured in an insane asylum, and A inherits the money belonging to B ****
(13) Seeking by Craftiness to Escape Misfortune
457
A and B, married, finding they cannot live together happily, agree to the secret and honorable expedient of living apart, undivorced. [l] They have a child, CH, and, on CH’s account, refuse to seek a divorce. [2] Religious convictions will not allow them to seek a divorce. [3] Inability to reach a satisfactory settlement of their joint estate prevents a divorce. [4] Determination on the part of wife or husband to prevent the other’s re-marriage acts as a bar to divorce. [5] Fear of scandal and gossip prevents the estranged pair from seeking their legal freedom
458
A and B, just married, start by train on their honeymoon * B, the bride, seeks to escape annoying experiences when A, the groom, leaving the train to send a telegram, is left behind **
A and B, married, find themselves cast away among a strange, half-barbarian people * A, finding the beauty of her husband, B, a source of danger to herself, seeks to avoid the danger by a stratagem **
459
A, wife of B, is cruel and tyrannical * A seeks craftily to kill A-3, an unmarried woman with whom B is in love **
460
A is estranged from her husband, B, whom she dearly loves * A flees to a distant part of the country and tries to bear her hard lot with fortitude **
461
A is deeply in love with her husband, B * A faces failure in business 4913 606 631 747 —a failure which, she knows, will bring disaster to her married happiness **
462
A is unhappy with her husband, B * A seeks with firmness to achieve cherished ambitions **
463
A revolts against the injustice she is compelled to suffer at the hands of her beloved husband, B
464
A, married to B, is impelled by an unusual motive to lead a double life
465
A seeks to escape difficulties, restore property and be free of an unloved husband, B, all by secret enterprise
466
B is married to A and they have one child, CH * B loves CH but he does not love A ** B loves A-3, and elopes with her, leaving his child, CH, with his wife, A ***
B, young husband of elderly A, has an intrigue with a servant of A’s, A-7 * A is ill and about to die; B, her husband, could save her, but he will not **
467
B has seen his wife, A, secretly as she thought, exchange a pair of muddy shoes for the clean shoes of A-8 * A’s evident purpose is to shift the responsibility for a crime to the shoulders of innocent A-8 **
468
B attempts to poison his wife, A * B, attempting to poison his wife, A, mistakes a bottle of harmless white powder for the poison and gives A some of its contents **
469
B, seeking to aid his wife, A, by secret enterprise, finds poverty a bar
470
B seeks to escape from his tyrannical wife, A, by running away
(14) Falling into Misfortune through the Wiles of a Crafty Schemer
471
A, after her marriage to B, discovers that B, who had professed to be single, was a married man and neither divorced nor widowed
472
A, married to B, has not been divorced from a former husband, B-3 * A discovers that B has married another woman, A-3 **
473
A becomes the second wife of B, whose first wife, A-3, had mysteriously disappeared and was supposed to be dead * After A and B are married, B’s first wife, A-3. appears secretly to A **
474
A’s husband, B, dies * Tricky so-called spiritualists pretend to materialize the spirit of deceased B in order to influence A to give them money by advice of the supposed B **
475
A finds herself under a weird psychic spell because of a birthmark on the face of her husband, B * B craftily gives a birthmark a peculiar significance, and holds A under its power **
476
B, husband of A, is craftily persuaded by A-3, the “other woman” in a “love triangle,” to elope with her
B, husband of A, finds himself in the power of an old lover, A-3 * A-3 threatens to reveal to B’s wife, A, a fateful secret 441 447 455b 492b unless B will agree to a certain proposition A makes to him **
477
B, husband of A, persuades A-2, a friend of A’s, to elope with him
478
B falsely accuses his wife, A, of transgression
479
B suffers betrayal at the hands of A, his wife by a secret marriage * B is accidentally killed by a series of manoeuvers set in motion by his wife, A **
480
B, husband of A, desperately ill, sends A for a doctor * A, sent for a doctor by B, who is seriously ill, does not return 634 655 711c 438 —and she does not send the doctor **
481
B is abandoned by A, his wife by a secret marriage * B is unable to prove his secret marriage to A; the marriage records disappear and the priest who performed the ceremony dies **
482
B, husband of A, sees happiness and beauty in everything and evil in nothing until A accuses him of causing her downfall 539a 542 * B’s bright outlook on life changes to one of darkness and despair when he is falsely accused of evil by his wife, A **
483
B, husband of A, falls into misfortune * A-3, a woman of evil character, seeks by violence and while intoxicated, to dishonor B, husband of A **
B, husband of A, is by subtlity made a prisoner by A-3, a rejected lover, in her apartment
(22) Following a Wrong Course through Mistaken Judgment
484
A and B, woman and husband, struggle to realize a cherished ideal * A and B discover that their cherished ideal is a mistaken one **
A tries in vain to pay the debts incurred by her extravagant husband, B, whom she idolizes * A, facing ruin, seeks to save herself by committing a transgression **
485
A, wife of B, is wealthy, cultured and of high social standing * A indulges a taste for low companionship and questionable adventures **
486
A, married to B, falls in love with B-3
A has two wives, B and B-3, two homes several miles apart, two names by which she is known in two different communities, two circles of acquaintances, and practices two professions
487
A is estranged from her husband, B * A, estranged from her husband, B, seeks a reconciliation, and then quarrels with B as to which of them caused the estrangement—and the estrangement continues **
488
A marries B because she thinks he is poor * A discovers, after her marriage with B, that he is wealthy in his own right **
A marries B, a man she does not love * A has committed a transgression 1290a 1301 1304; B knows of the transgression, and A marries him in order to safeguard her evil secret **
489
A begins divorce proceedings against her husband, B * A seeks to divorce B, thinking to find happiness in a new love **
490
A and B, woman and husband, keep themselves in poverty by spending all their money for rich furnishings to put in a mansion they are going to build when they become wealthy * A and B keep themselves poor by buying rich furnishings for the mansion they are some day going to build; but the furnishings, inadequately housed, fall into ruin before A and B are able to build their air castle **
A, and B, woman and husband, are to inherit money from a rich relative, A-2, when a child shall bless their union * A and B, childless, write a rich relative, A-2, that a daughter has been born to them ** A-2 writes A and B that she is coming to see their child; and A and B find it necessary to resort to further simulation ***
491
B is the husband of A, and loves her devotedly * B insists on dominating A in business affairs **
B, husband of A, insists on living beyond his wife’s means * B, through fooiish extravagance, brings A close to ruin **
492
B’s wife, A, loves him devotedly * A is of a parsimonious nature and gives B little money **
B’s wife, A, is a poor woman * B loves jewels and fine clothes which his wife, A, is unable to give him ** B is persuaded to accept a valuable piece of jewelry from an old admirer, A-3 *** B tells A, his wife, that a valuable piece of jewelry, given him by A-3, is set with imitation stones and that he bought it for himself ****
493
B’s wife, A, is affectionate and kindly and puts on her “Sunday manners” in company; but when she and B are alone, she is cross-grained, petty and tryannical
494
B, husband of A, is shallow, foolish and faithless * B, married to A, flirts with an unmarried woman, A-3 **
495
B, husband of A, falls in love with young and reckless A-3
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
496
A falls ill * A’s husband, B, from whom she is seeking a divorce, nurses her back to health **
A’s husband, B, deserts her and obtains a divorce * A falls ill. B-3, who loved A before she married B, nurses A back to health **
A, hen-pecked wife of B, discovers that B has an undivorced wife, A-3, living * A secretly abandons B and leaves him to A-3. B’s undivorced former wife **
497
A has recently lost her husband, B * A finds her memories of her deceased husband, B, an inspiration and a sustaining power **
498
A seeks to find her deceased husband, B * A believes that her deceased husband, B, has returned to earth to comfort her **
499
A and B, wife and husband, are estranged from each other * A and B, estranged, undergo a character transformation through love for their child, CH, and become reconciled **
A dearly loves her husband, B, but B does not love her * A wins the love of her husband, B, by patience, forbearance, kindliness and devotion **
500
A is seeking a divorce from B * A becomes reconciled with B when he nurses her through a serious illness **
A, failing in business and almost a bankrupt, nevertheless marries B, a shrewd and thrifty man * B so reorganizes and manages A’s affairs that she becomes prosperous **
501
A and B are estranged and living apart, their married happiness in a sad tangle * A receives a letter from B 1395 calling her home ** A learns that a child, CH. has been born during her absence. Result, reconciliation with B, and happiness ***
502
B supposes that his wife, A, is dead * B reads in a newspaper that his wife, A, whom he had supposed dead, is alive **
503
B’s wife, A, is brutal and tyrannical * B, married to brutal and tyrannical A, loves and is beloved by, A-3 **
B discovers that his wife, A, is seeking the life of his lover, A-3 * B seeks desperately to save his lover, A-3, from the vengeance of his wife, A **
504
B seeks to win his wife, A, to a certain enterprise * B, with the help of the elements during a devastating storm, succeeds in winning his wife, A, to an enterprise long cherished by B **
B is the second husband of A * A’s sorrow for her deceased husband, B-3, causes B, her second husband, much unhappiness ** B, second husband of A, discovers that B-3, A’s first husband, was unfaithful ***
505
B, husband of A, suffers a critical illness at childbirth and his character is completely transformed * B lives for his children, gives all to them, and loses his moody despondency ** B loyally helps his wife, A, recoup her financial losses ***
506
B thinks his wife, A, has committed a moral transgression 563a * B discovers through a friend, B-2, that the moral transgression of which he has accused his wife, A, was never committed **
B, through false suspicion, is estranged from his wife, A * B becomes reconciled with his wife, A, when a suspicion is proved to be false **
507
B is eloping with A-3, the woman who destroyed his faith in his wife, A * B, husband of A, eloping with A-3, meets A-2, A’s friend, and is rescued by A-2 from an act of folly **
B, married to A, elopes with A-3 * B’s love for his child, CH, left with his wife, A, when he deserted her, draws him back to CH and A **
(39) Forsaking Cherished Ambitions in order to Carry out an Obligation
508
A finds her marriage to B a bar to her contentment
509
A finds her marriage to B a hindrance in her love affair with B-3
510
A is unhappy in her married life with B * A, unhappily married to B, proves true to her obligation to run a charted course as a family woman, even though she must sacrifice cherished ambitions **
511
A, married to B, finds the necessity of supporting her husband and family a bar to cherished ambitions
512
A is prevented by family and business obligations from embarking upon a cherished enterprise
513
A, married to B, is compelled to lead a prosy, middle-class life, drab and monotonous * A, married to prosy B, treasures in her heart of hearts dreams of knightly exploits and chivalrous adventures, herself the star of each performance **
514
B, married to A, his second wife, finds his domestic happiness imperiled by the obligation to care for CH, a child by his first wife
515
B, husband of A, forsakes cherished ambitions in order to carry out the desire of A that he bear her a daughter * B dies in childbirth **
516
B deliberately sacrifices his life at the hands of his wife, A, in order to save their daughter, CH, who is falsely accused of transgression by A, the real transgressor.
(40) Embarking upon an Enterprise in which one Obligation is Opposed by Another Obligation
517
A, wife of B, is discovered by honsst and high-minded B to be planning a transgression that will work untold hardship to the public * A, rich and powerful, is determined to use all her wealth and influence in carrying out an iniquitous project. Her husband, B, seeks in vain to persuade her against it **
518
A and B are married, and A’s father, F-A, lives with them * A and B quarrel regarding F-A, and A is forced to choose between F-A and B **
519
A learns that her husband, B, is in terrible danger * A, if she leaves her post of duty to save her husband, B, who is in terrible Hanger, will sacrifice lives and property she is in duty bound to safeguard **
A, over the phone, receives an agonized call from her husband, B, for help. B is in terrible danger * A rescues B **
520
A, innocent, is arrested on a murder charge * A could prove an alibi and win freedom of a murder charge, but only by involving B-3, another woman’s husband ** A’s obligation to save herself, is opposed by an obligation to protect B-3, another woman’s husband ***
(41) Finding an Obligation at Variance with Ambition, Inclination or Necessity
521
A, B’s wife, pretends to be innocent of a transgression, but B knows she is guilty
522
A is unable to find a job and support her husband, B * A and her husband, B, find themselves face to face with starvation **
523
A, because of extreme poverty, finds it impossible to remember her husband, B, with a Christmas present (or a gift on his birthday, or on their wedding anniversary)
524
A, wife of B, has a dangerously reckless passion for gambling in stocks * A, wife of B, is a lawyer with trust funds in her possession; and B fears that she will be tempted to use the trust funds for gambling purposes **
A, elderly wife of youthful B, will die if a limb is not amputated * A refuses to have a limb amputated, preferring “to die in one piece.” B, her husband, upholds her in her determination **
525
A, married to B, attempts to carry out an infamous project in spite of family obligations
526
A struggles to carry out an obligation to her deceased husband. B, which she considers sacred
527
A seeks to be loyal to her husband, B * B, husband of A, is of alien blood and inferior race **
528
A is the wife of worthy B, whom she does not love * A, married to B, whom she does not love, is haunted by memories of a former sweetheart, B-3, whom she still loves **
529
A, deeply in love with her husband, B, is made defendant in divorce proceedings started by B
A dominates her husband, B, a nagger and a scold, by petty tyrannies that are more masterful than any B has at his command * B, when properly subdued by his wife, A’s, pretended tyrannies, finds A gentle, kindly and considerate ** A, by being cruel in order to be kind, insures the married happiness of herself and B ***
530
B, husband of A, refuses to live with A in a house beside which there is a mysterious grave
531
B, husband of A, is compelled to live with A’s father, F-A * B finds the conditions of his married life with A unpleasant **
532
B must have money in order to save his wife, A * A, wife of B, is desperately ill, and will die unless she can have a change of climate **
B’s long, beautiful tresses are greatly admired by his wife, A * B, in order finance a certain enterprise involving his wife, A, sells his long hair **
533
B, A’s tyrannical husband, goes out for the evening and orders A not to leave the house while he is away
534
B is forbidden by his wife, A, to engage in a certain enterprise * B engages in a certain enterprise which his wife, A, condemns and forbids him taking part in 442 449 *-** 452 ** B, engaging in an enterprise forbidden by his wife, A, discovers that A has a part in it 599; and, because of this discovery, B comes to an agreement with A which enables them to go forward happily in life with a better understanding of each other’s rights and privileges ***
535
B, husband of A, saves A-3, a supposed transgressor, from the law by a public confession of his delinquency * A, because of her great love for her husband, B, forgives his delinquency and glories in his moral courage in making a confession of it **
536
B, married to A, is about to elope with A-3 * B, husband of A, is eloping with A-3 when they meet a stranger, A-2; and A-2, in the presence of both B and A-3, tells about a woman, AX, who broke up a home by eloping with a friend’s husband and then abandoning his. A-2 has recognized A-3 and, in order to save B, tells this story about her, hiding A-3’s identity under a fictitious name. But it is enough, A-3 sneaks away, and B never sees her again **
(29) Aiding Another to Hide from the World a Fateful Secret
537
A’s husband, B, is murdered at a certain hour of the night * A is suspected of having murdered her husband, B; but, at the hour the murder was committed, A was with B-3 411a ch B to B-3 411b -* ch B to B-3, A to A-8 & A-3 to A a man of spotless reputation and happily married **
(23) Becoming Involved in a Complication that has to do with Mistaken Judgment and Suspicion
538
A, wife of B, enroute to her home in the country, is caught in a storm and is out all night * A, absent from home all night, finds on reaching home in the morning, that her husband, B, is missing ** A mistakenly supposes that her husband, B, has eloped with A-3 ***
539
A, wife of B, is the victim of egotistical self-deception and thinks herself a great woman * A believes that she is prevented from becoming famous by the jealousy of her husband, B **
A reads in a newspaper that her husband, B, has divorced her * B divorces A on the grounds of desertion **
540
A, wife of B, vanishes mysteriously * A, wife of B, and B-3, both vanish mysteriously at the same time ** Gossip has it that A, wife of B, has eloped with B-3 ***
541
A, whenever she attempts to have X, a certain object of mystery, explained to her, meets with misfortune * A, showing X, a mysterious object of mystery, to her husband. B, is astounded when B, without explanation, begins divorce proceedings
542
A labors under the mistaken belief that the altruism of her husband, B, is prompted by selfish motives
543
B, husband of A, is jealous of the attentions A gives her father, F-A * B has a mistaken idea that his wife’s father, F-A, is trying to interfere between him and A
544
B labors under the mistaken belief that his wife, A, receives all the praise for his own kindly acts
(11) Confronting a Situation in which Courage and Devotion Alone can save the Fortunes of One Beloved
545
B’s wife, A, fails to return home. A blizzard is raging, and B fears that A has suffered misfortune in the storm * B meets his death while searching vainly in a storm for his wife, A **
546
B, husband of A, during A’s absence, sees destruction threatening A’s life work * B, at the cost of his own life, heroically saves from destruction the life work of his wife, A **
B, homely, marries a blind woman, A, who thinks him surpassingly beautiful * B hires a noted eye-specialist to perform an operation on the eyes of his blind wife, A. whereby A’s sight is restored **
(12) Falling into Misfortune through Disloyalty in Love
547
A dearly loves her husband, B; and his love, which she does not possess, is necessary to her happiness
548
A, married to B, suffers a memory lapse and marries B-3 * A, wife of B, suffers an attack of amnesia and marries B-3; her memory returns, and she forgets B-3 and goes back to B **
A is a bigamist; and her two wives, B and B-3, meet by chance and compare notes
549
A is married to B, and her ideal is faithfulness * A’s husband, B, elopes with her friend, A-2, a woman more successful in business than A **
550
A, married to B, after a long, mysterious absence returns to find B married to A-3
551
A discovers that her husband, B, is the father of A-2’s daughter, CH
552
A, wife of B, discovers that B is unfaithful
A finds a bundle of love letters in a locked drawer of her husband, B’s, desk—letters written after B’s marriage to her, but not by her * A, discovering that her husband, B, is unfaithful, strangles him while he sleeps **
553
A believes that her husband, B, is in love with A-3
554
A secretly discovers that her husband, B, has an affair with A-3
555
A abandons her loving, devoted husband, B, to elope with B-3, a younger and prettier man * A, abandoning her husband, B, to elope with B-3, pays a penalty of remorse and unhappiness **
A, unhappily married to B, falls in love with B-3, a boy much younger than herself * A, married to B and in love with B-3, takes a long journey in an attempt to forget B-3 **
556
A, married to B, pretends to be single in making love to B-8 * A, wife of B, is killed in an accident while on the way to elope with B-3 **
557
B’s wife, A, has a weak heart, and is lured into over-exertion by A-3, B permitting * A dies as the result of a conspiracy between B and A-3, and B suffers remorse **
B, husband of A, elopes with A’s friend, A-2 * B, husband of A, and A-2 with whom B is eloping, meet death in an automobile accident **
(26) Seeking Secretly to Preserve Another from Danger
558
B, husband of brutal and tyrannical A, has a loyal friend in A-3. A-3 seeks to help B escape from A * A, the brutal and tyrannical wife of B, is a huge woman and as powerful and determined as she is brutal; and A-3, who would save B from A, is a coward **
559
B’s wife, A, is a tyrannical, churlish person whose dislike for her attractive husband inspires in her small mind a desire to persecute him * B, husband of brutal and tyrannical A, is loved by A-3. B, although he loves A-3, is too high-minded to consider an elopement, or to be a party to any sort of intrigue **
(57) Seeking to Unravel a Puzzling Complication
560
A finds that a delusion regarding the apparition of her deceased husband, B, is entangled with truth * A hears the voice of her deceased husband, B, and there seems absolutely no doubt that it is his voice **
561
A, wife of B, receives anonymous communications regarding B and A-3
562
A, wife of B, receives each morning a mysterious communication regarding B 1383 1397 * A finds an anonymous communication regarding her husband, B, on a sheet of paper in her typewriter 1381 1389a ** A receives through the mails, “poison pen” letters 564b -* regarding her husband, B ***
(37) Seeking Against Difficulties to Realize a Cherished Ideal
563
A, estranged from her husband, B, whom she dearly loves, seeks a reconciliation
A marries B, a beautiful man notorious for his vicious temper and scorpion tongue * A is deeply in love with her husband, B, a virago, and plans to transform his nature by a method of her own **
A and B, woman and husband, deplore the insincerity and the mercenary spirit of modern city life * A and B, woman and husband, leave the city and search in the country for their ideal of what life should be ** A and B, woman and husband, discover that they are searching for an ideal that does not exist ***
564
B, young and attractive, has recently lost his wife, A * B, a young and attractive widower, resolves to remain faithful to the memory of his deceased wife, A, and never marry again **
B, wishing to be free of his wife, A, writes anonymous “poison pen” letters regarding himself, and sends them to A * B writes anonymous “poison pen” letters regarding his wife, A, and sends them to himself **
565
B cherishes a dear desire that his wife, A, shall become religiously inclined
566
B seeks to aid his wife, A, who is morose and discontented
B, fearing his wife, A, will commit a transgression, pretends himself to commit a transgression * B pretends to be a shoplifter, but has honestly purchased the goods which his horrified wife, A, finds in his possession **
(46) Seeking Retaliation for a Grievous Wrong that is Either Real or Fancied
567
A’s husband, B, is dishonored (and slain?) by A-3 * A’s husband. B, is dishonored and slain, during the war, by an enemy officer, A-3 ** A seeks to find A-3 and be revenged on her for a grievous wrong committed against A’s husband, B ***
568
A, married to B, discovers the unfaithfulness of B * A, discovering that her husband, B, is unfaithful, kills him and herself **
A seeks craftily to be revenged upon her husband, B, for falling in love with A-3, the woman who has befriended him
A, wife of B, discovers the unfaithfulness of B * A kills A-3, the lover of her husband, B **
A, wife of B, attempts to kill B s lover, A-3 * A-3. murderously assaulted by A, wife of B, slays her in self-defense **
569
B’s wife, A, is killed by A-5 * B’s wife, A, is killed by A-5; and A-5, through the law’s delay and technicalities, escapes with only a light sentence ** B invokes the Mosaic law in seeking revenge upon A-5 for the murder of his wife, A ***
570
B is the son of A and step-daughter of A’s husband, SF-B * B seeks revenge upon his step-mother, SF-B, because he thinks SF-B has stolen the affections of his mother, A, away from him **
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
571
A, mysteriously missing, returns to her home and her husband, B, in a dazed condition, unable to give any explanations
572
A, wife of B, mysteriously disappears * B’s wife, A, mysteriously disappears, and B mourns for her as dead **
573
A and B, for certain reasons, keep their marriage a close secret * B’s mother, M-B, insists that B, already united to A by a secret marriage, shall marry A’s rival in love, A-3 **
A, missing and supposed to be dead, returns secretly and finds her husband, B, married to A-3 * A, discovering that her husband, B, dearly loves A-3, whom he has married thinking A to be dead, secretly goes away and takes herself out of his life **
574
A, a toiler, seeks to support her husband, B, and family by honest enterprise; but she is out of work, her husband is ill and her family in need
A, wife of B, is in dire financial straits * A, and her husband, B, are compelled to live with A’s father, F-A, and avail themselves of his slender resources **
575
A becomes aware of the impending death of her husband, B
576
A suffers overwhelming sorrow because of the death of her husband, B * A’s sorrow over the death of her husband, B, culminates in hallucination **
A, mistakenly supposing her beloved husband, B, is dead, kills herself * B, discovering that his wife, A, is dead, commits suicide **
577
A suffers remorse and overwhelming sorrow—remorse for broken vows, and sorrow because of the death of her dearly beloved husband, B * A, goaded by sorrow for the death of her husband, B, goes into seclusion **
578
A, because of the death of her husband, B, suffers great sorrow and undergoes a character transformation
A’s husband, B, dies. B, A’s husband, on his death bed, has A promise that she will marry B-3, B’s best friend * B-3 loved A before she married B **
579
B is convinced that all the misfortunes of himself and his wife, A, are due to A’s irreligious nature
A’s husband, B, is racially, morally and mentally A’s inferior * B, husband of A, proves a hindrance to her socially and in a business way **
580
B is the husband of A, a friend of A-2’s * A’s friend, A-2, discovers that A’s husband, B, is a “vamp” **
581
B desires the love and consideration of his wife, A, which he believes he has lost
582
B, opening a letter addressed to his wife, A, discovers that A has lied to him
583
B, if discovered doing something he has in mind, will find himself at odds with his wife, A
B, husband of A, is desperately in need of money for a certain purpose * A-3, a rejected lover of B’s, promises to help B, husband of A, if he will come to her apartment for an interview **
B, husband of A, is desperately in need of money for a certain purpose * B, husband of A, happens to meet an old lover, A-3, and is forced to borrow a sum of money from her **
584
B, just married to A, discovers in a secret place his obituary notice (written by A?) the date of demise alone left blank
B, husband of A, loses his love for A when he discovers her cowardly nature
585
B, husband of A, leaves home suddenly on important business while A is absent * B, leaving home suddenly during the absence of his wife, A, writes a line to A explaining his departure, but the wind whisks the note out of an open window and away. B’s absence is accounted a mysterious disappearance **
B, husband of A, is a butterfly of fashion * B, husband of A, must have rich clothes and luxurious surroundings in order to be happy **
586
B believes that his wife, A, loves him less than she does a certain small statue, X, that stands on her desk
587
B, the deceased husband of A, appears to a relative of A’s and describes his mortal reactions to A’s lack of affection for him
588
B, dying, reveals to his wife, A, a closely guarded secret which she finds greatly perturbing
589
B is convinced that his wife, A, has eloped with B-3
590
B, fourth husband of A, discovers shortly after his marriage that A’s other wives have all died suddenly and mysteriously
591
B, alone, helpless and in terrible danger, sends to his wife, A, a despairing call for aid
592
B revolts against certain unpleasant conditions involving his wife, A
593
B secretly takes money from his wife, A, for his own use
594
B, undemonstrative in his affections, surprises his wife, A, and arouses her suspicion by bringing her breakfast to her in bed
B, a termagant, supposes himself a widower and marries A * A-3. B’s undivorced wife, appears secretly to A, B’s present wife, and tries craftily to get A to pay her money for not claiming B as her husband **
B divorces his wife, A, and is awarded the custody of their child, CH * A steals her child, CH, from her divorced husband, B **
B, husband of A, innocently commits a transgression * A, in order to save her husband, B, declares that she is guilty of a transgression committed by B **
B, husband of A, takes the law in his own hands and shoots A-5, who has murdered A
B, husband of A, dons the mask and custom of B-3, A’s paramour, and meets A as B-3 at a masquerade ball
B uses his weird powers of mental telepathy in reshaping the destiny of an unhappily married couple, A-2 and B-2 * B, having succeeded in reconciling A-2 and B-2, married and estranged from each other, discovers himself to be in love with A-2 **
Enterprise
Misfortune
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
595
A exercises mistaken judgment in forwarding a certain undertaking * A loses her initiative, her enterprise and her ambition, and becomes merely a cog in the wheels of her employer **
596
A secures knowledge of a closely-guarded secret * A, securing knowledge of a closely-guarded secret, is hounded by a guilty persecutor, A-5, until her life is made miserable **
597
A’s chauffeur, A-7, driving A’s car by A’s orders at a high rate of speed, apparently injures a pedestrian, A-8 * A, when her car apparently injures a pedestrian, seeks to evade legal consequences by having her chauffeur, A-7, drive on at speed **
598
A, an author, impersonates the crook hero of a story she is writing for the purpose of obtaining situations and “local color” * A, a novelist, impersonates the hero of a story she is writing and becomes involved in an unpleasant complication **
599
A, in order to oblige her friend, A-2, acts contrary to her own principles and experiences unpleasant results * A dons A-2’s mask and costume and assumes A-2’s role at a carnival, A-2 being called away suddenly on pressing business and promising to return shortly. A is against masquerades on principle and, when A-2 fails to return, she is in a dilemma **
600
A, in a foreign seaport and seeking to return at night to her steamer, loses her way and finds herself in the lawless slums
601
A, seeking to help her friend, A-2, lends her all her money * A’s friend, A-2, fails to repay money borrowed from A and A is left penniless **
602
A, a pugilist, loses a ring battle and all the money she has wagered on herself
603
A suffers defeat because her friend, A-2, does not efficiently carry out her part in a certain enterprise
A and her friend, A-2, are attacked by robbers in a lonely wood * A’s friend, A-2, receives a wound from which she dies **
A and her friend, A-2, on horseback, are swimming a flooded river. A-2 is struck by a piece of floating drift, but A rescues her and gets her to the river bank * A-2 is so badly injured that she dies **
A and her friend, A-2, are wandering afoot in the desert. A-2 is injured and their water supply fails * A’s friend, A-2, dies from injuries and hardships **
604
A is in the employ of A-8, a woman in whom she has implicit confidence * A, employed by A-8, comes to work one morning and finds the office in the hands of federal agents, A-6, A-6 ** A’s employer, A-8, has been “using the mails to defraud” ***
605
A, stricken with fever in a wilderness country, is attended by an old man, B * A, falling ill in a wilderness country, is attended by an old man. B, to whom years before, she had taught a fake method of healing **
606
A has invested all her money in a certain enterprise * A, investing all her money in a certain enterprise, sees the enterprise fail and herself plunged heavily into debt **
607
A and her friend, A-2, explorers, are alone in the jungle * A’s friend, A-2, goes insane from eating the berries of a strange plant, and makes a murderous attack upon A **
608
A, in a strange part of the country, is arrested by the police as a criminal “suspect” * A, arrested by the police as a criminal “suspect”, has in her possession a satchel, innocently come by 804 1044a, b 1046. The satchel, X, is found to contain burglar’s tools **
609
A, temporarily in charge of two mischievous children, CH-1 and CH-2, finds herself in more dilemmas than she can successfully manage
610
A is a fugitive from justice, hunted by A-6, an officer of the law * A is in a trap in the town of X. She can escape only by passing through the towns of Y or Z, and detectives, A-6 and A-6, are watching for her in both places **
611
A’s youthful escapades, committed thoughtlessly and not with malice, constitute the wrong which has given her a bad name among the people of her native place
A induces her mother, M-A, to advance her her patrimony * A leaves her native place, squanders her substance in riotous living, comes to want and experiences remorse **
612
A receives A-5 on a forged letter of recommendation from a friend, A-2, and introduces A-5 into her own social circle * A, standing sponsor for A-5, discovers that A-5 is a crooked gambler who uses A’s sponsorship for the purpose of mulcting A’s friends **
613
A, given to altruistic enterprises, befriends a tramp, A-5 * A befriends a tramp, A-5; and A-5, taking advantage of A’s hospitality, steals valuable property from her **
614
A loses a valuable diamond, X * A loses a valuable diamond, X, in a place where there is a flock of chickens, and she insists that the chickens must be killed, one by one, until the diamond is found. The chickens are all killed ** A loses a valuable diamond, X, and has her suspicions as to where it can be found, but discovers that her suspicions are unfounded ***
615
A, a coward and a braggart, is manoeuvered into a dangerous test, and must either eat her words or acquit herself with credit * A, a coward who has been manoeuvered into a dangerous test of courage, is almost beside herself with fear as she sets forth to meet the test **
616
A has confided to B the combination of her safe, X * A, confiding to B the combination of her safe. X. brings danger to B **
617
A shows her ignorance of the usages of high society by unpacking her satchel when a servant, A-7, is expected to do it for her * A, annoyed by a faux pas she has committed, seeks to “save her face” **
618
A is bored by certain duties she is obliged to perform * A, bored by certain duties she is obliged to perform, finds a way out—with unpleasant results **
619
A loses all her life’s savings * A plans to take has own life, but fate intervenes **
620
A loses her job * A suffers misfortune because she departs from the strict line of duty in order to carry out a cherished ambition of her own **
621
A is swindled out of her life’s savings by A-5 * A, swindled out of her life’s savings by A-5, is about to take her own life when her lost money is returned to her by a mysterious person, AX ** AX, a mysterious “righter of wrongs,” at the point of a gun takes from A-5 money out of which A-5 has swindled A and restores the money to A ***
622
A mistakenly supposes her daughter, D, to have perished in a tragic accident
623
A, innocent, is supposed to be a transgressor * A is supposed to be a transgressor because she is found with contraband goods in her possession **
624
A considers herself a transgressor until she discovers that her supposed transgression was never committed
625
A awakens in B a consuming desire to leave the city and return to his home in the country to live. All of which was farthest from A’s plans, since she seeks a business engagement from B which can only be carried out in the city, and with B’s help
626
A, in making a scientific experiment, has unintentionally caused her son, SN, a grievous injury
627
A unintentionally causes the death of B * A, seeking to save B by giving him an antidote for a certain poison, causes his death **
628
A, in need of money to finance an enterprise, holds up a stage * A, robbing a stage, discovers that B, who knows and recognizes her, is one of the passengers **
629
A has her “double,” A-2, take her place in an important enterprise * A finds herself ruined, and her reputation gone, when her double, A-2, bungles an important enterprise while posing as A **
630
A seeks to defeat a grafter, A-5, at the grafter’s own game * A, seeking to defeat the schemes of a grafter, A-5, is betrayed by a confederate, A-2, whom A asks to help her ** Through A-2, A’s confederate in an enterprise, A suffers loss ***
631
A is ruined when her appeal to her supposed friend, A-2, for financial aid, is denied
632
A, in desperate danger, appeals for rescue to A-4 * A’s appeal to a selfish power, A-4. for rescue, is denied because commercial interests would be imperiled by the delay necessary to save A’s life ** A is abandoned and left to die by A-4 ***
633
A mixes truth with delusion in an earnest investigation of a psychic problem * A, mixing truth with delusion in an earnest investigation of a psychic problem, finally loses her reason **
634
A, imagining she sees a fast motor car almost upon her, leaps in front of a car that is not imaginary and is instantly killed
635
A suffers false suspicion as a transgressor * A, mistakenly supposed to be a transgressor, is finally cleared of suspicion by a confession of the real transgressor, A-5 **
636
A is a professional burglar who throws caution to the winds in one of her burglaries * A, a burglar, breaks into a house that is quarantined ** A contracts a contagious disease ***
637
A robs a heathen temple of jewels and proceeds about her work with reckless audacity * A, committing a robbery, is caught red-handed and turned over to the law for punishment **
638
A, ruined financially, takes to drink and “dies in her cups”
639
A is abducted by A-5 and held for ransom * A, abducted by A-5 and held for ransom, is a meddlesome, disagreeable person and her family and friends are glad to be rid of her and will not pay the ransom ** A, abducted by A-5 and held for ransom, makes A-5’s life so miserable that she pays a round sum to have A taken off her hands ***
640
A is tricked by B in a certain enterprise * A, tricked by B in a certain enterprise, dies when the trickery is discovered **
641
B, trying to make a home for his widowed mother, M-B, is neglected and cruelly treated by M-B
642
B, as a sop to his vanity, borrows a valuable ornament from his wealthy friend, B-2 * B loses a valuable ornament he borrowed from his friend, B-2 ** B, and his wife, A, poor, are compelled to labor hard and deny themselves every comfort for years in order to replace a valuable ornament B borrowed from B-2, and lost ***
643
B, tired, and unable to get a room in a hotel in a large city, wanders about the lobby and neighboring rooms. It is very late; and B, unfamiliar with his surroundings, finds a dark, deserted room with comfortable chairs and large mirrors, and falls asleep in one of the chairs. He does not awaken until morning; then, to his horror, he discovers that he has spent the night as no respectable man ought to have done
644
B innocently befriends a stranger, A-4; and it later develops that A-4 is a political offender whom government officials, headed by A-6, are straining every nerve to capture * If A-6 knew that B had befriended A-4, he would be considered a confederate of A-4’s and suffer accordingly **
645
B finds himself, innocently and through error, a prisoner at night in a bedroom not his own * B, caught innocently in a compromising situation, discovers a state of affairs that renders his dilemma tragic **
646
B befriends an Unknown, AX, in a spirit of altruism * B discovers that AX, an Unknown whom he has befriended, is a notorious criminal who is being hunted by the police **
647
B, a respectable working boy, seeking employment, follows the advice of a supposed friend, A-5, and finds himself in an immoral dance hall where he is compelled to dance with patrons and serve drinks
648
B is accused of being a transgressor because he is found in an environment, or because he has property in his possession, which indicates transgression * B is accused of transgression, but the accusation is unjust **
649
B, brother of SR-B, in order to prevent SR-B from bringing dishonor to their family, unintentionally causes her death
(13) Seeking by Craftiness to Escape Misfortune
650
A, a white woman cast away among bloodthirsty savages, has her life spared because she is a ventriloquist and supposed to be a god
651
A, a fugitive from justice seeking to avoid capture, finds herself in a tight corner with sheriffs, A-6, A-6, A-6, apparently approaching from every direction * A, a fugitive driven to bay by officers of the law, takes refuge in a house which is a place of mystery ** 699b 74a [1] A house built squarely on the dividing line between two states, so that one may pass from California into Nevada by crossing the living room. The serving of legal processes from one state or the other is thus avoided or delayed. Similarly [2], a cabin built where four states “corner,” a a cabin with one room: the stove in Arizona, the cupboard in New Mexico, the bed in Colorado, the trunk in Utah. [3] A room in an ancient house, sealed up for two hundred years, with an inscription over the door threatening death to any one attempting to enter
652
A is caught in an unpleasant complication, and disaster threatens her unless she is crafty enough to devise plans for her own safety
A, the idol of her people, is about to lose a wrestling match to A-3, her rival * A, wrestling in the open with A-3, a rival wrestler, prevents A-3 from winning a victory by falling from a cliff, apparently by accident, and losing her life **
653
A is a captive, held by her captor, A-5, in a physical environment which constitutes a trap, and from which there seems absolutely no means of escape * Nevertheless, A, with desperate determination, seeks to free herself by subtle enterprise **
654
A, facing misfortune, seeks desperately to evade disaster
655
A, faced by a robber, A-5, with a gun, tries craftily to delay yielding up her valuables * A is shot and seriously wounded by a robber, A-5 **
656
A’s ancestral estates have been heavily mortgaged and she is about to lose the property * A, by hook or crook, seeks to save her mortgaged maternal acres from foreclosure **
657
A is a person of ability but of a race considered inferior * A takes part in a football game and falls innocently under a suspicion of treachery ** A, innocent of transgression, seeks to prove her innocence by subtle enterprise ***
658
A, a woman of high standing in her community, fears that through unusual conditions her character will be discredited * A seeks to safeguard her reputation, which is threatened by unusual conditions **
659
B’s father, F-B, is a widower in poor health * F-B’s life hangs on a change of climate, but he and his son, B, are penniless ** B is desperately determined to do something, anything, to raise money to help his father, F-B ***
(14) Falling into Misfortune through the Wiles of a Crafty Schemer
660
A, a professional woman, is captured in her office at night by mysterious strangers, A-4, A-4, A-4, blindfolded and taken to a secret place * A, spirited away by A-4. A-4, A-4, is compelled to perfom a professional service **
A, captured by enemies of B, is threatened with death by A-5 in an attempt to extort from her a secret of B’s * A, threatened with death by A-5 in an attempt to force her to reveal a secret of B’s, defies A-5 to do her worst **
661
A, wealthy and powerful, goes alone to bathe in a mountain stream * A is robbed by AX, who secretly puts on A’s clothes, takes her horse and flees **
662
A helps A-2 secure treasure in a secret place * A, helping A-2 secure treasure in a secret place, is abandoned to die in a deep pit by A-2 who makes off alone with the treasure **
663
A’s deadly enemy, A-3, has A at her mercy, and there seems nothing for A to do but to make the best of her hard lot
664
A finds herself unexpectedly locked and barred in a room in a strange house * A, suddenly finding herself a helpless prisoner, tries to bear her fate with equanimity **
665
B is leading an exemplary life and trying honestly to live down an unfortunate past * B, a reformed transgressor, going about doing good, has his transgression revealed by A-3, who knew him in the old days **
666
B knows the combination of A’s safe; and he knows, also, that there is a small fortune in jewels in the safe * Crooks, led by A-5, threaten B with violence in an attempt to force him to open the safe **
(29) Aiding Another to Hide from the World a Fateful Secret
667
B, unless he conceals a personal delinquency, will seriously compromise himself * B, unless he reveals a personal delinquency, will cause an innocent woman, A, to suffer for transgression **
668
B’s father, F-B, is a drug addict * B makes a heavy personal sacrifice in order to help his father, F-B, hide from the world a terrible secret **
669
B commits a secret transgression * B, committing a secret transgression, has his secret discovered by A-5 ** B’s secret transgression is discovered by A-5, who seeks to use her knowledge for purposes of blackmail ***
670
B’s father, F-B, is subject to recurring periods of temporary insanity * B helps his father, F-B, hide from the world a terrible secret **
(26) Seeking Secretly to Preserve Another from Danger
671
A’s friend, A-2, is helpless against the persecutions of a powerful enemy, A-3 * A decides to undertake a secret enterprise for the purpose of protecting helpless A-2 from a powerful enemy, A-3 ** A’s friend, A-2, commits suicide before A can help her overcome her misfortunes ***
672
A’s friend, A-2, is the owner of a flock of sheep. A-3 is a cattle baron, rich and influential. A-3’s women kill nearly all A-2’s sheep, and A-3 is scheming to take A-2’s land away from her. A-2, deep in debt, scarcely knows which way to turn * A plans a secret enterprise in an effort to help A-2 **
673
A finds a motor stage wrecked and the U. S. mail it was carrying scattered from the broken pouches. The stage driver, A-4, has gone for help. A picks up a torn letter, reads it, and discovers that B is in misfortune * A, a fugitive from justice, seeks to rescue B from his misfortunes **
(18) Rebelling against a Power that Controls Personal Abilities and Holds them in Subjection
674
A loses her daughter, D, in whom all her ambitions were centered * A struggles against an overwhelming sorrow that proves an obstacle to enterprise and holds her abilities in subjection **
675
A is a confirmed procrastinator, and the habit inhibits enterprise and circumscribes her abilities * A is taught a lesson which shows her how reprehensible a pet failing may become **
676
B is intellectual and of an artistic temperament * B rebels against the authority of his mother, M-B, who compels him to do all sorts of rough farm work **
677
B is engaged in forwarding an important undertaking * B fights against insomnia brought on by overwork **
678
B is compelled to live with a brother, BR-B * B rebels against the tyranny and selfishness of his brother, BR-B, which make B’s life miserable **
679
B is overshadowed and dominated by his mentally inferior employer, A * B rebels against A’s method of appropriating as her own the brilliant achievements which B accomplishes at her command **
(36) Undergoing an Experience which Results in a Remarkable Character Change
680
A was in the World War * Before the World War, A was a successful business woman; after the war, a physical wreck, and a bankrupt **
A undertakes an enterprise when she is prosperous; and then, suffering loss and becoming a bankrupt and a cripple, she has not the heart to go on with the enterprise
681
A, happy and optimistic, undergoes a critical illness which makes of her a morbid, melancholy, superstitious pessimist
A undergoes a critical illness * A recovers from a critical illness but loses all remembrance of her personal identity **
682
A, a white woman of brilliant intellectual attainments, battles for existence in an isolated, primitive, savage wilderness * A, battling for existence in a savage wilderness, suffers a deterioration of character until, after some years, she sinks to the level of her primitive surroundings **
683
A is a telegraph operator at a lonely railroad way station * A is a sheep herder, isolated with her flock of sheep ** A is a lighthouse keeper on a lonely coast *** A gradually, because of loneliness, becomes demented ****
684
B’s mother, M-B, is an unworthy character, long mysteriously missing * B’s mother, M-B, long mysteriously missing, returns to her old home as an Unknown and discovers that her son, B, thinks her dead, believes her character to have been noble, and holds her in hallowed remembrance ** M-B renounces her intention to disclose her identity to her son, B, and shambles away as an Unknown, leaving B happy with his mistaken ideals ***
(19) Meeting with Misfortune and Being Cast Away in a Primitive, Isolated, and Savage Environment
685
A, traveling alone, is caught in a snowstorm A is caught in a snowstorm in the mountains, becomes snowbound, marooned, and finds it impossible to reach a place of safety **
686
A, of gentle birth and breeding, is isolated in a primitive, uninhabited wilderness, and compelled to battle with Nature for her very existence
687
A finds herself the only white woman in a tribe of half-savage natives * A, finding herself the only white woman in a tribe of half-savage natives, is compelled to struggle against their primitive superstitions **
688
A and B find themselves cast away in a desolate, primitive environment where they must fight for their very existence * A and B, strangers to each other, are together thrown into misfortune **
689
A is traveling through a savage wilderness * A, traveling through a savage wilderness, is captured by natives and threatened with death **
690
A takes a sea voyage in the hope of recovering her health * A, taking a sea voyage, is shipwrecked and cast away on a desert island **
691
A, an explorer, loses her way in a trackless wilderness
692
A, without food or water, is adrift in a small boat at sea
693
A, wandering alone among the mountains, is trapped and held powerless * A, caught in a trap, faces death **
694
B is riding alone through a wilderness country * B, riding alone through a wilderness country, is thrown from his horse and sprains his ankle. The horse runs away, and B is left helpless in an uninhabited region **
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
695
A’s neighbors persist in thinking A guilty of a crime for which she was tried and acquitted * A, tried for a crime and acquitted seeks happiness in freedom from suspicion **
A suffers imprisonment for a crime she did not commit * A, finishing a term of imprisonment for a crime she did not commit, finds that her character as an ex-convict seriously hampers her in her honest enterprises **
696
A, a patriot, but a wanderer and an outcast, is deprived of all news of her native land
697
A’s parents, M-A and F-A, insist that she study to be a doctor, while all her soul is yearning to make another profession her life work
A is a foundling who knows nothing of her birth and parentage * A knows nothing of her birth and parentage, and she finds this a serious and humiliating handicap **
698
A seeks to live down her bitter grief over the loss of her only child, CH, but finds it impossible
699
A is a fugitive from justice, who discovers that a relative, A-8, has died and left her a rich estate * A is a fugitive from justice who dares not show herself to receive a rich estate that has been left to her, for she knows she will be arrested **
A, driven to bay by pursuers, takes refuge in an old house * A is rescued from pursuers, A-6, A-6, when the old house in which she has taken refuge is blown away by a tornado **
700
A is a woman who believes that poverty is the true source of contentment * A, against her wish and inclination, has been left a fortune by a deceased relative, A-8 **
701
A seeks wealth by craftily defrauding her friend, A-2 * A, seeking wealth by craftily defrauding A-2, is tortured by conscience **
702
A invites a number of guests to meet A-4, a celebrity * A has invited a number of hero-worshipers to meet A-4 a celebrity. The hero-worshipers arrive, but A-4 does not **
703
A is a minister of the gospel * A, a religious teacher of the people, errs secretly on her human side and becomes the prey of conscience **
704
A finds happiness in being loyal to her friends * A, because of a disturbing experience, is compelled to turn against her friend, A-2 **
705
A, unable to conquer her misfortunes, seeks to escape them by committing suicide
706
A, an engineer, has flung a span of steel across a mountain gap, backing her ingenuity and judgment with a bridge in a spot where other engineers have declared no bridge is possible * A’s life work, nearing completion, is threatened with destruction by a great storm **
A, a scientist, has spent years in research work and has the result of her labors in manuscript form * A’s priceless manuscript is threatened with destruction by fire **
A is an artist who has spent years painting a certain picture which she considers her life work * A’s life work is threatened with destruction by a mob during a political outbreak **
707
A asks A-4, a stranger, to remove a pair of handcuffs from her wrists
708
A, after a mysterious absence of many years, returns to her old home town * A, returning as an Unknown to her native place, discovers that no one recognizes her **
709
A assumes charge of a valuable object, X, for a friend, A-2 * A, custodian of a valuable object, X, misses X and believes it has been stolen **
710
A is expected by a large crowd of people to appear and carry out an obligation of professional duty * A is forced to give up an enterprise when she is taken suddenly so ill she cannot leave her bed **
711
A, engaged in an important enterprise, suddenly finds herself in quarantine because of an outbreak of a contagious disease
A, engaged in an important enterprise, becomes involved in an automobile accident * A is removed in an unconscious condition from the scene of an accident ** A loses an important object, X. on the scene of an accident ***
A, seeking to carry out an important enterprise, meets with obstacles that defeat her plans
712
A, a doctor, is a fugitive from justice * A, a doctor who is fleeing from A-6, an officer of the law, by her skill restores sight to A-6, who is temporarily blind **
713
A, deprived of food through misfortune, faces slow death by starvation 878b 878c * A dies of starvation **
714
A, because she is a ventriloquist (a conjuror or a magician?) saves her life among savages; then she loses her voice
715
A, wealthy and influential, loses her clothes, personal belongings and all other means of identification 658 * A, wealthy, finds that her pretentions to place and power are treated as a joke ** A cannot convince others of her identity, and undergoes the hardships and evil treatment accorded an upstart imposter ***
A cripples herself for life in rescuing a child, CH, from death 842b * A loses her small fortune in trying to help a friend, A-2 601 ** A, a poor woman and crippled, finds her life in a sad tangle ***
A is found guilty of a political conspiracy 793b * A, convicted of being a traitor to her country, is expatriated and forced to live abroad **
716
A and A-2, before the war, were fast friends 1021b 662 -* * A is captain in the army, and her women capture and bring before her A-2, a bosom friend of A’s who is one of the enemy and a spy **
717
A is impersonating an officer, A-6 * A, impersonating A-6. meets A-6’s sweetheart, B, and he recognizes her as an imposter **
718
A knows something others do not know, something that proves the greatest obstacle to her enterprising and capable nature 1061 * A, believed by all to be a white woman, knows there is negro blood in her veins **
A is a youth who, sheltered from the world and pampered by doting parents, has no true conception of life and no ability to face its rugged issues * A, callow and inefficient, learns some real truths through hard experience **
719
A disappears mysteriously * A, set upon by mysterious persons, AX, AX, AX. in the cellar of her own home, is spirited away through a concealed passage **
A, passenger on a vessel on the high seas, is made a prisoner when the vessel is captured by mutineers, A-5, A-5, A-5 * A, captured by mutineers, A-5, A-5, A-5, is placed in a small boat and cast adrift on the high seas **
720
A’s fear that she has inherited the evil traits of an ancestor, A-8, paralyzes her will in enterprise
721
A’s whole future is wrapped up in a mighty work which she has brought almost to successful completion * A’s life work is threatened with destruction **
722
A is an officer of the law, hot on the trail of a fleeing criminal, A-5 * A, an officer of the law, while pursuing a fleeing criminal, A-5, meets with misfortune **
723
A, a police officer, owes a debt to A-5, a criminal, but has no money and cannot pay
724
A has recovered a stolen object, X, and is on her way to return it to its owner * A, on her way to return to the owner a stolen object, X, which she has recovered, loses the object and again seeks to recover it **
725
A seeks to reveal to the authorities the identity of a criminal, A-5, who, so far, has been unsuspected * A, in trying to lodge information with the police against a criminal, A-5, meets with misfortune **
726
A, a matador, is getting ready in her room to appear in the bull ring * A, making ready to undertake an enterprise, has her plans suddenly interfered with **
A, ill, and worn by a long journey, is suddenly called upon to undertake an enterprise which would be difficult if she were physically at her best
727
A, a judge presiding at a murder trial, finds herself unexpectedly confronted with a circumstance that makes her work a torture to her soul
728
A digs a pit for a tiger trap and baits it with a quarter of bullock meat * A constructs a concealed trap, and a person dear to her, CH, falls into the trap and cannot escape 622 ch D to CH 591 ch B to CH ; 179a ch B to CH ** A constructs a deadly trap and, by accident, falls into it herself ***
729
A, desperately in need, is offered a large sum of money for a diamond, X, which she knows is an imitation * A, desperately in need of money, can recoup her finances at the expense of her integrity. She resists the temptation **
730
A fights with A-3 in safeguarding valuables, X, of which A is custodian * A is slain by A-3, who takes valuables, X, of which A is custodian ** A-3, having slain A, places a revolver in A’s stiffening fingers in order to make it appear that A is a defaulter and a suicide ***
731
A is honest, but she is a stranger and regarded with suspicion * A is arrested as a criminal “suspect” because she happens to be in the vicinity when a crime is committed **
732
A has a conviction that she is going insane and that, sooner or later, she will be confined in an asylum
733
A finds a bank note of large denomination * A finds a valuable paper, X, between the leaves of the family Bible ** A, poor, comes into possession of a bank note of large denomination. There is no bank in the village in which she lives, and she can find no one who can, or who would if she could, change the bill for her ***
734
A is mistakenly reported dead during the World War * A, in the World War, is shell-shocked and loses all knowledge of her identity ** A, victim of amnesia in a foreign land, wanders back to her native country ***
735
A is annoyed by a person, A-8, who constantly crosses her path with the most untimely intrusions * A rids herself of a meddlesome person, A-8, and later regrets her harshness **
736
B inherits the trait of disguising his affections, a trait that proves an obstacle to his success and happiness
737
B is greatly discontented because of an unfortunate state of affairs * B, discontented, seeks to gain contentment, but the obstacles seem insuperable **
B, in a large city hotel, returns at night from his bath and, through error, enters through an unlocked door into a room which proves to be not his own * B finds that the knob and lock on the door of a hotel room are in disrepair: the lock apparently locks itself, and the knob will not turn **
B, near-sighted, unsophisticated, on leaving his room in a big city hotel, ties a black ribbon to the doorknob so he can easily find the door on his return * CH, a child, playing in the corridor of a big city hotel, transfers a black ribbon from the knob of B’s door to that of A **
738
B, a victim of certain unpleasant conditions, seeks to escape them by self-destruction
739
B, owing to financial difficulties, has been compelled to pawn an object, X, dearly prized * B is unable to redeem an object, X, necessary to his happiness, which he has pawned **
740
B is a strange, wild creature, marked at birth by an unfortunate experience of his father, F-B’s * B is shunned and ostracised because of a misfortune for which he is not responsible **
741
B is forced by his mother, M-B, to leave home and become a domestic drudge in a distant town
742
B writes a note, and the note contains a very important secret * B writes a note; and it is picked up by a gust of wind, carried across a narrow court, through an open window, and deposited in a neighboring apartment ** B writes a very important note, then loses it. If the note is found and read by other persons, B will be greatly humiliated ***
743
B becomes the victim of such desperate misfortunes that he plans to take his own life * B writes a letter explaining his reasons for committing suicide **
B commits a transgression. B, in order to escape the consequences of a transgression, flees secretly to a distant place and assumes a fictitious name
744
B goes to a restaurant to keep a dinner engagement with A. A does not appear
745
B’s mother, M-B, pursuing rustlers who have stolen her cattle, is shot down and killed * B, elder son of M-B, is the sole support of the family when M-B dies **
746
B, who was thought by the people of his community to have supernatural powers, is discovered to have been insane—a condition caused by a great sorrow
Enterprise
Mistaken Judgment
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
747
A, believing that a certain proposition has merit, buys stock in it herself and sells stock to her friends, A-2, A-2 * A honest and high-minded, recommends a certain proposition, and then discovers that it is a swindle **
748
A, poor, is happy in the belief that poverty is the source of contentment * A, believing poverty the source of contentment, refuses to develop resources in her possession that would give her wealth **
749
A, a writer, is happy in producing a literary masterpiece * A, a writer, unconsciously plagiarizes from the work of another author in producing a literary masterpiece **
750
A flees to escape the consequences of a crime * A believes she is guilty of a crime, but no crime has been committed **
751
A, informed that she has only a few months to live, undertakes an unusual enterprise [1] A seeks to spend all her money before she dies [2] A hurls herself recklessly into perilous situations in the hope of losing her life * A, told that she has only a few months to live, discovers that the doctor was in error and that she still has a long life ahead of her **
752
A is discovered burglarizing a house * A, an intruder in a strange house, is discovered; she flees through the nearest door into a windowless closet and is trapped by a spring lock **
753
A, seeking to finance herself, gambles with money not her own—and loses it
754
A gambles with money she is holding in trust
755
A resigns herself to fate and seeks to bear patiently a supposed bereavement; but the bereavement is imagined, not real
756
A, desiring a musical career, defers to the wishes of her parents, M-A and F-A, and becomes a doctor; but, all her life long, she feels that she has made a mistake
757
A, confronting a hard and dangerous duty, is suddenly taken very ill and compelled to go to bed
758
A is a hard-hearted woman of the world, seeking gain by exploiting the misfortunes of others * A finds a mysterious note. It contains 9. man’s fateful secret—the secret of B, in desperate misfortune ** A, attempting to exploit B’s troubles for her own gain, ends by yielding her sympathy and befriending B ***
759
A, a tenderfoot in the West, takes offense at the slurs of a cowgirl, A-8 * A and A-8 proceed to settle their differences with their fists **
760
A accomplishes her work so completely that her success results in failure
761
A, through the influence of a reckless friend, A-2, comes to her death
A removes a birthmark from the beautiful face of her husband, B, with chemicals * A, seeking to help B, falls into tragic error **
762
A struggles in vain for the friendship of A-8 * A meets with a fatal accident 634 705 ** A, after her death, receives the friendship of A-8—for which she had vainly struggled in life ***
763
A, a crook who has acquired wealth, in a quest for happiness returns to her native place to foregather with pals of her younger criminal day * A, a crook, discovers that her pals are all married and “going straight” **
764
A, in order to save her friend, A-2, picks a quarrel with A-2’s enemy, A-3, and slays her * A, in order to protect A-2, slays A-3, quondam enemy of A-2’s, unaware that A-2 and A-3 have composed their differences, and that A-3 has become A-2’s friend and financial backer **
765
B, a school teacher, unknowingly violates the rules set up by the school board by going to dances and by taking long walks at night
766
B, a plain man, believes himself surpassingly beautiful * B has a character weakness which proves a bar to many of his enterprises **
767
B, poor, borrows a supposedly valuable object, X, and loses it * B, borrowing a supposedly valuable object, X, and losing it, labors for years to earn the money with which to replace it; only to discover that X was a counterfeit, and of trifling worth **
(22) Following a Wrong Course through Mistaken Judgment
768
A, with no social distinction whatever, entertains the grandiose delusion that she will be greatly missed if she drops out of society
769
A is mistakenly convinced of her great business ability * A seeks to manage A-2’s languishing business and place it on a paying basis **
770
A is heavily in debt * A, in order to secure money to pay off her pressing obligations, leaves home to take a position at a distance; and she leaves suddenly and mysteriously without telling her creditors she is going **
A, heavily in debt, seeks to save herself from ruin by forging the name of a friend, A-2, to a note
A, heavily in debt, seeks to save herself by fraudulently using trust funds in her possession
771
A thinks a certain crime has been committed and lodges information with the police, A-6 * A thinks a crime has been committed, but she is mistaken **
A finds a paper containing the signals of her football team * A finds and keeps an incriminating document, X, with the intention of discovering the author of it at a later time ** A is accused of transgression by her rival, A-3, and an incriminating paper, X, is found in her possession ***
772
A befriends a needy stranger, A-4 * A befriends a needy stranger, A-4, who proves to be a criminal **
773
A, in a spirit of altruism, befriends B * A befriends B, who proves to be a transgressor who has lied to A regarding his identity **
774
A pursues a stranger, A-4, to recover from her an object, X, which has been stolen * A, pursuing a stranger, A-4, and taking from her a valuable object, X, which, A thinks, was stolen from her, later discovers that X, which she supposed was stolen, has all the time been in her own possession **
775
A trusts her servant, A-7, and makes a confidant of her * A discovers that her trusted servant, A-7, is a thief **
776
A is seriously injured by a motor car * A, seriously injured by a motor car, ever afterward has a weird delusion while she is in the streets that motor cars are trying to run her down **
777
A, although not really a criminal, has become convinced that she is one * A conceals her identity, avoids people, and leads a furtive, hermit-like existence **
778
A is a thief who plans to steal what she believes is a very valuable gem, X * A, believing that a counterfeit gem, X, is genuine, plans to steal it **
779
A’s bibulous friend, A-2, influences A to take to drink, scoffing at the doctor who has forbidden A to indulge in spirituous liquors
780
A discovers, as she supposes, plain circumstantial evidence of a crime, and informs the police where A-8, the criminal, can be found * A-8, arrested as a criminal on information furnished by A, easily proves that no crime has been committed **
781
A looks upon others as people to be exploited * A, grasping and relentless, and sparing no one in her greed for gain, encounters an experience which transforms her character **
782
A, aristocrat, endeavors to pound a comprehension of class distinction into the thick skull of A-8, a plebian * A, an aristocrat, and A-8, a plebian, fight a drawn battle. Equal prowess spells equality, and A and A-8 become fast friends **
783
A allows herself to be blackmailed by A-7, because she is convinced that she unintentionally committed a crime * A, supposing herself a criminal, discovers that no crime has been committed **
784
B, thinking himself a criminal, seeks to evade the law by various makeshifts * B discovers that he is innocent of a crime he supposed he had committed **
785
B’s father, F-B, is a widower in desperate misfortune * B’s father, F-B, is planning a move which B knows will have unhappy consequences, but B cannot persuade F-B against it **
(23) Becoming Involved in a Complication that has to do with Mistaken Judgment and Suspicion
786
A, week-end guest at a country house, prowls about the place at night on a perfectly honest enterprise * A is mistaken for a burglar **
787
A, through circumstantial evidence, believes herself guilty of a crime which she cannot remember of having committed, and which she did not in reality commit
788
A believes B is an adventurer, seeking unlawful gain by pretending to be the son of A-8 * B proves that he is the son of A-8 **
789
A, seeking information as to her proper course, is under the delusion that everyone is giving her false directions
790
A, before the war, had a friend, A-2, who had rendered her a very great service * A-2, during the war, is captured as an enemy spy and brought before Captain A ** Captain A allows an enemy spy, A-2, to escape, and ever afterward is regarded as a traitor to her country ***
A, a judge, has a friend, A-2, brought before her for trial and sentence * A, a judge, presiding at the trial of her friend, A-2, so manipulates proceedings in favor of A-2 that A-2 is acquitted ** A, a judge, proving false to her high duty, ever afterwards bears a “crooked” reputation ***
791
A, a doctor, comes of a proud old Southern family * A, a doctor, considers it her duty to give medical assistance to outcasts and the morally inferior ** A, a doctor, in following her ideals loses caste with her friends and neighbors ***
792
B mistakenly supposes A to be a thief when she restores to him an object, X, which he has lost * A, restoring to B an object, X, which he has lost, mistakenly supposes him to be a thief because X seems too valuable to be honestly owned by one in B’s straitened circumstances **
B places an identifying mark on the door of his hotel room. The mark is changed in an unusual manner to another door; and B-8, occupant of the other room, is found to have been murdered
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
793
A is persuaded by her friend, A-2, to engage in an enterprise * A is persuaded by her friend, A-2, to undertake an enterprise which A knows to be extremely difficult and which her judgment warns her to let alone **
A is influenced by her friend, A-2, to take charge of some important papers * A, obliging her friend, A-2, by taking charge of some secret docurnents, is arrested, and accused on the strength of the documents, of having a part in a criminal conspiracy **
(24) Becoming the Victim of Mistaken Judgment in Carrying out an Enterprise
794
A supposes her friend, A-2, is dead * A is astounded when her friend, A-2, whom she supposed to be dead, suddenly appears before her **
795
A, by trickery, is mistakenly convinced that she has achieved a cherished ambition
796
A, by prayer, achieves success in an enterprise * A’s success is mistakenly credited to A’s enemy, A-3 **
797
A is a transgressor, long mysteriously missing from her home * A, a transgressor, returning as an Unknown to her home, finds her son, SN-A, reverencing her memory as of a great and noble person **
798
A finds an object of mystery, X, seemingly of great value * A highly prizes an object of mystery, X, carries it about with her, and is unaware of the fact that her possession of X is fraught with terrible danger **
799
A commits a fault against propriety * A forces her way into the room of an unmarried man, B 766 ** B, in order to protect himself from A, calls a policewoman, A-6 ***
800
B has a weird delusion regarding his daughter, D * B considers his daughter, D, brilliant and highly talented, whereas she is less than mediocre in mentality **
801
B wins the respect and protection of A * B reveals himself to A in the character of a transgressor **
(61) Becoming Aware of an Important Secret that Calls for Decisive Action
802
A discovers that B, supposed to have been murdered, really committed suicide
A discovers that B, supposed to have committed suicide, was really murdered
803
A discovers that a cororner’s verdict of “accidental death” should have been one of cold, premeditated murder
A, in desperate need, discovers that a gem, X, which she supposed to be worthless, is in reality genuine and immensely valuable
Enterprise
Helpfulness
(21) Falling into Misfortune through IVIistaken Judgment
804
A, tramping along a country road, sees a satchel, X, drop from a passing automobile and takes possession of it * A, finding a satchel, X. in the road, picks it up and carries it on with her, in the hope of returning it to the stranger, A-4, who lost it ** A finds a satchel, X, which, unknown to her, contains evidence of an incriminating nature ***
805
A seeks to help A-4, an old woman in misfortune * A, seeking to help a stranger, A-4, meets with an unpleasant experience **
806
A, walking in the street, sees B-4, a stranger, weeping * A, giving aid to a stranger, B-4, later regrets her impulsiveness **
807
A, trying to be of service to her friend, A-2, is suspected of treachery by A-2
808
A takes possession of B’s property in order to save it for him * A, taking possession of B’s property in order to save it for his, is falsely suspected by B of trying to steal it **
A is older and more experienced than B and seeks to advise him wisely and help him avoid making mistakes * B resents the superior attitude assumed by A **
809
A seeks to help A-5 in a certain enterprise * A, seeking to help A-5. does not know that A-5 is a crook **
810
A is old, believes she is slipping in her work, and considers herself a failure * A’s daughter, D, wins for her college in a gruelling contest; and D tells A, who is gloomy and despairing and considers herself a failure, that her success was inspired by the thought that her mother had never been beaten ** A is inspired to carry on successfully in her profession because of the faith her daughter, D, has in her ***
811
A, a miser, is lured into a charitable entei prise by the prospect of death * A, undertaking charitable enterprises when she thought she was soon to die, regrets the enterprises when she finds she still has a long life ahead of her ** A, a miser, would recover money given in charity until she discovers how popular her bounty has made her. Charmed by her popularity, she continues to be generous, and so consummates a most remarkable character change ***
812
B, sympathetic and generous, befriends a needy stranger, A-4 * B, through befriending a needy stranger, A-4, becomes involved in an unpleasant complication **
B’s mother, M-B, fails in her attempt to subdue and control A, a “wild” and unmanageable youth left in her charge * B, when his mother, M-B, fails in an enterprise, takes the enterprise off her hands **
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
813
A seeks to protect her daughter, D, from what she conceives to be disgrace and dishonor on her own part
814
A succeeds in an enterprise secretly devised by B as a test for her abilities
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
815
A is overtaken by A-4, a fugitive who is being pursued by A-6, an officer of the law * A’s sympathy goes out to A-4, a fugitive from the law, and she attempts to rescue her **
A, a dissolute daughter, in want, returns to her home and her mother, M-A, a better and a wiser woman than when she went away * A, a dissolute daughter, is freely forgiven her transgressions by her mother, M-A **
816
A is on her way to keep an important engagement * A finds a stranger, A-4, ill, exhausted and unconscious, lying in the road ** A subordinates her own affairs to those of a stranger, A-4, who is ill, and helps her to a place where she can receive medical attention ***
A’s friend, B, is in a foreign country, alone, homesick and discouraged * B, in a foreign country, unexpectedly meets A, a friend from “home” **
817
A is an outlaw, hunted by the authorities and dodging about to escape capture * A, under ban of the law, runs the risk of capture in order to aid B 647 57, a stranger who is in critical misfortune **
818
A, well-to-do and of good family, is impersonating a person who is “down and out” * A has been hired by A-4 to circulate an infamous slander against B 60 ch A to A-4 339a ch A to A-4 ** A, hired by A-4 to injure B, meets B, her sympathy goes out to his, and she revolts against A-4’s scheme and warns B ***
A, a hoodlum, rescues B from an attack by footpads * B befriends A, picks her out of the gutter and makes a woman of her **
A finds a small child, CH, on the beach after a shipwreck * A takes CH, a foundling, into her heart and her home and rears him as her own child **
A rescues a baby, CH, from death in a shipwreck * A, unable to learn anything about a foundling, CH, adopts the child as her own **
819
A, a burglar, seeks to aid B, who was her friend before she “went to the bad” * A, friend of B, breaks into a building for the purpose of committing a robbery, and finds a trusted employee, A-5, B’s wife, dead at her desk, a defaulter and a suicide. A-5 has left a note explaining her guilt 753 ch A to A-5 ** A, in order to save her friend B from disgrace, destroys a letter that would have proved B’s wife, A-5, a defaulter and a suicide, “blows” a safe and pretends to have committed a robbery ***
(25) Seeking to Save a Person who is Accused of Transgression
820
A learns that her friend, A-2, is accused of a crime * A, learning that her friend, A-2, is accused of a crime, seeks to prove her innocence **
821
A’s daughter, D, is arrested for committing a crime * A seeks to save her daughter, D, from misfortune and becomes involved in an unpleasant complication **
822
A supposes that B is a transgressor * A, honest, poses as a transgressor in order to help B **
823
A is a ne’er-do-well who has a friend, A-2, of worth in the world * A’s friend, A-2, is unjustly condemned to death 715c ch A to A-2 793b ch A to A-2 & A-2 to A-3; and A, by subtlity, takes A-2’s place in the prison cell and dies in her stead **
(27) Refusing to Betray Another’s Secret and Calmly Facing Persecution Because of the Refusal
824
A is a prisoner of A-6, and A-6 seeks to secure from A information inimical to B
(26) Seeking Secretly to Preserve Another from Danger
825
A, aware that her end is approaching, seeks to protect her adopted son, SN, by making a will
826
A is thrown into prison through false evidence in a political conspiracy * B, working secretly, rescues A from prison by proving her innocence **
827
A, a sprinter, is on the point of losing a footrace because she believes she hears the voice of a dead friend, A-2, calling for help 1160 * A, superstitious, is on the point of suffering defeat in an enterprise because she thinks she hears the voice of a dead friend, A-2, calling to her; but she is saved when A-8, one of the spectators, turns the tragic call into a mere incident by a counter-call which allays A’s superstitious fears **
828
A, working “under cover,” contrives to prove B’s innocence of a certain crime 648 1154a 1172 * A, proving B innocent of a certain crime, proves also the guilt of B-5, a criminal whom B physically resembles **
829
A is arrested for transgression on charges trumped up by a jealous rival, A-3 * B, working in secret, proves A’s innocence of a certain transgression **
830
A, friend of A-2, exposes A-5, a spiritualist charlatan who is mulcting A-2 of large sums of money * A, threatening A-5 with arrest, forces her to return money out of which she has swindled A’s friend, A-2 **
(16) Being Delivered from Misfortune by One who in Confidence Confesses a Secret of Transgression
831
A, ill and starving, receives food and money from her friend, A-2 * A-2 tells her friend, A, in confidence, that she is a bootlegger **
832
A steals money from her employer, A-9, to help her friend, A-2, over a financial crisis 753 ch A to A-2, intending to make good the shortage when A-2 gets back on her feet and repays the loan * A tells her friend, A-2, that she has stolen money from A-9 in order to help A-2 **
(57) Seeking to Unravel a Puzzling Complication
833
A sifts the circumstantial evidence of a crime in an attempt to discover the perpetrator
(53) Opposing the Plans of a Crafty Schemer
834
A, becoming secretly aware of the plans for a holdup, endeavors to prevent it
(43) Seeking to Overcome Personal Limitations in Carrying Out an Enterprise
835
A overhears a chance conversation and secures information of the utmost value * A, by chance, overhears a conversation that gives her material for a literary masterpiece **
(28) Facing a Situation in which the Misfortunes of One Greatly Esteemed Call for Courage and Sagacious Enterprise
836
A meets with unhappy experiences when she tries to help her friend, A-2, who has fallen into misfortune
837
A tries to help B—with results that are wholly unexpected
838
A, in order to help her friend, A-2, puts aside her principles and engages in distasteful enterprise
839
A seeks to correct a character weakness in her friend, A-2 * A seeks to correct a character weakness in her friend, A-2, by telling her a story which subtly suggests a method of self-correction **
840
A seeks to prevent her friend, A-2, from committing a reckless act that would have fateful consequences * A plies her friend, A-2, with drink until she is intoxicated and helpless in order to prevent her from committing a reckless act that would have fateful consequences **
841
A discovers secretly that her friend, A-2, has committed suicide * A seeks to save the family of A-2 from shame and disgrace because of a reckless act committed by A-2 **
842
A tries to rescue a child, CH 842b -*, makes a heroic attempt, and both die
A rescues a child, CH from [1] a burning house, [2] a speeding train, [3] a racing automobile [4] or a cattle stampede * A, in performing a rescue, cripples herself for life **
843
B is convinced that his friend, B-2, is making a mistake * B, convinced that his friend, B-2, is making a mistake, resolves to correct the mistake in secret, since B-2 will not do it **
844
B, an attractive married man, clever and influential, seeks diversion by helping his friend, A
B’s friend, B-2, seeks to save A, B’s fiance, from the wiles of a designing man, B-3, and restore her to B * B’s friend, B-2, seeks to save B’s lover, A, from a designing man, B-3, by winning A away from B-3 **
(30) Enlisting Whole-Heartedly in the Service of a Needy Unfortunate and Conferring Aid of the Utmost Value
845
A, poor and humble, at great self-sacrifice helps A-2, an old woman poorer than A herself * A, through her enterprise, restores A-2 to friends and fortune **
846
A’s friend, A-2, falls from exhaustion while engaged in an enterprise * A completes a task for A-2, her friend, which A-2 was unable to finish **
847
A, a rough frontierswoman in a rough frontier camp, undertakes the care of an orphan baby, CH
848
A, seeking to help B, who is in distress, meets with unpleasant complications
A rescues B, who has been attacked by a huge snake * B, attacked by a huge snake, suffers a psychic shock **
849
B, in charge of a booth at a charity bazaar, seeks to prevent B-4 from buying a certain object, X, on which he seems to have set his heart
850
B discovers in backward A a promise of great things, and attempts to guide her to a high goal
B seeks to rescue A from a life of dissipation and make a woman of her * B picks A out of the gutter and gives her employment **
Enterprise
Deliverance
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
851
A rescues B from imminent danger, but only by bringing the danger upon herself * A is unable to extricate herself from the peril from which she rescues B ** A rescues B from [1] a ferocious wild animal, [2] from a burning steamer, [3] from the undertow while ocean bathing, [4] from a train wreck, [5] from an automobile accident or [6] from a landing airplane on a flying field
852
A dreams of danger, but discredits the dream and believes the danger real
853
A, a mediocre person, undergoes a weird experience 1342 1082b * A, a mediocre person, undergoes an experience which inspires her with grandiose ideas of her power and ability **
854
A discovers a fateful secret of her rich and powerful employer, A-9 * A, because she has knowledge of A-9’s guilty secret is persecuted, spied upon and thrown into prison on a trumped-up charge **
855
A struggles against an hallucinary enemy, AX, who fights with superstition as a weapon
856
A, caught in a trap that holds her body powerless but leaves her mind alert, seeks to achieve physical freedom
857
A seeks to achieve emancipation from a fear which dogs her life, shows in her face and manner, and plunges her into misfortune
858
A is made miserably unhappy by the fear of death * and would emancipate herself from it **
859
A, falsely accused of crime, seeks to clear herself of the accusation
860
A, impoverished, seeks to recoup her fortunes by a wealthy marriage
861
A, of an inferior race, rescues B, of a superior race, from accident * A, when she rescues B, becomes involved in an unpleasant complication, due to mistaken judgment **
862
A fears she will commit a transgression * A, fearing she will commit a transgression, seeks to emancipate herself from the fear, and from the possibility of doing evil **
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
863
A’s popularity becomes so great that it annoys her * A desires a place of seclusion where she can be absolutely alone, away from cables, wireless, mails and the public **
A seeks to enhance her social prestige * A invites a celebrity, A-4, to be guest of honor at a reception in her home, and A-4 accepts **
A, keeper of a hotel at a summer resort, faces failure in business through lack of custom * A, a hotel keeper facing failure, invites A-4, a celebrity, to be a guest at her hotel, and A-4 accepts **
864
A is a woman of wealth and high character whose conscience is troubled by a transgression committed in her earlier years * A, under a fictitious name, returns to her native place, where she had committed a youthful transgression, and, as an Unknown, seeks to discover: [1] Whether her youthful escapades have been forgotten and forgiven; [2] whether the person whom she wronged has suffered any lasting injury. Also, she wishes [3] to make reparation in an assumed character for wrong done in her true character; and [4] to establish a reputation for good behavior and lofty aims in the community before revealing her real identity **
865
A, about to commit an act of folly, is abducted by her friend, A-2, and held a prisoner as the only means of restraining her
866
A is arrested and is being taken to prison by A-6 * A’s captor, A-6, an officer of the law, is killed in an accident, and is supposed to be A; consequently, A secures her freedom **
867
A, suspected of treachery by her friend, A-2, in a daring rescue saves the property and perhaps the life of A-2, and proves her faithfulness by a revelation of the danger to which A-2, unknown to herself, was exposed
868
A, destroying a letter in which her friend, A-2, declares she is about to commit suicide, makes it appear that A-2 died of a contagious disease
869
A, a fugitive from justice with a price on her head, prevents B from committing suicide
870
B, harrassed by gossip that reflects on his integrity, seeks deliverance from false suspicion
B, his integrity seriously compromised, finds a friend in A-6, a detective * A-6 proves that B’s enemy, A-5, is a crook, and has her sent to prison **
871
B’s mother, M-B, is compelling B to take a step which he believes will be fatal to his happiness * B, compelled by his mother, M-B, to take a step which he believes will be fatal to his happiness, escapes the catastrophe by a stratagem **
872
B fears he is going insane * B, fearing he is going insane, seeks emancipation from the demoralizing fear **
873
B discovers an evil secret of his past * B, discovering an evil secret of his past, meditates suicide **
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
874
A is heavily in debt and facing bankruptcy * A seeks to escape financial disaster by undertaking an honest but secret enterprise 1394 1399 1408 that will bring her in enough money to discharge her pressing obligations **
875
A, visiting A-2 in her prison cell, exchanges clothes with her and A-2 leaves the prison as A
A is rescued by B * B makes use of A’s hound dog in tracking A **
876
A sees a policewoman, A-6, watching B, who is about to pick a pocket 724 ch A to B * A warns B of danger from A-6 **
A and B find themselves prisoners in a deserted house * A and B, trapped in a deserted house, seek some method of escape 170. A hurls herself from an upper window and, her arm broken, secures aid and rescues B **
877
A, a sheriff, is by duty compelled to hang a condemned woman, her friend, A-2 * A. a sheriff, believes A-2, the woman she is about to hang, innocent of the crime for which she was sentenced ** A, a sheriff, delays hanging a condemned woman, A-2, in the hope that a Higher Power will intervene to save A-2 ***
878
A, a ventriloquist, is captured by savages and threatened with death * A, a ventriloquist, captured by savages and threatened with death, makes an animal talk—and is given her freedom and loaded with honors **
A, adrift at sea in a small boat and near death from exposure, lands on an unknown coast
A, a prisoner, bound, helpless and facing death, is rescued by resourceful B
879
A, attempting to commit suicide, is prevented from doing so by A-4, who comes to the same place to make an attempt on her own life
880
A, by a stratagem of her friend, A-2, is saved from an act of folly * A, saved by a stratagem of her friend, A-2, from an act of folly, comes to realize her intended folly, forgive the stratagem, and thank A-2 **
A, an old woman, a homeless outcast and a “bum,” is restored to relatives and to fortune by a friend, A-2
881
A has turned her back upon happiness because of an obligation she fancies herself under to her daughter, D * A’s daughter, D, discovers a fateful secret of A’s 425, and persuades her to correct an error and regain lost happiness **
882
A’s philanthropic enterprise is about to fail * A’s philanthropic enterprise faces financial failure; and A, a reformed gambler, keeps the enterprise going with crooked card games **
883
A, a hunted outlaw in disguise, takes refuge with an enemy, A-3 * A, a hunted outlaw, takes refuge with an enemy, A-3; and A-3, considering herself bound by the laws of hospitality, conceals A and saves her from her pursuers, A-6, A-6 **
884
A is bitterly persecuted by a relentless enemy, A-5 * A, bitterly persecuted by a relentless enemy, A-5, sees no possible escape from the coil; then, suddenly, A-5 is killed in an accident **
A, an agnostic, is caught in a terrific storm * A, an agnostic, is persuaded into a belief in God by B when, together, they escape a terrible danger through prayer **
885
B, while carrying out an enterprise, is rescued from imminent danger by A * A, unable to rescue herself from danger incurred in saving B, is in turn rescued by B **
B is a prisoner in one of the upper floors of a tall building * B, a prisoner in a room on one of the upper floors of a tall building, saves himself by making use of the fire escape **
886
B’s father, F-B, is in straitened circumstances and estranged from B * B’s father, F-B, inherits a large sum of money unexpectedly, and becomes reconciled with B, from whom he was estranged **
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
887
A, held on a murder charge, wins freedom by an unusual plea 9f her attorney, A-7 * A, held on a murder charge, is released from custody when her lawyer, A-7, proves that A, “drunk with sleep,” had believed her victim, A-3, was trying to kill her **
A, once a cultured woman but now a barbarian, is rescued from an unfortunate situation by her old friend, A-2 * A., a barbarian, is compelled to deal with a civilization which she once knew but now has forgotten **
888
A undergoes a strange experience among people hypnotically deluded * A, undergoing a strange experience among people weirdly deluded, discovers the secret of the delusion written in a notebook belonging to A-8, one of the victims who had died. By means of information obtained from the notebook, A succeeds in rescuing the other victims of the delusion **
889
A, recovering her reason after it has long been obscured, relates a strange story of her experiences, a story which her friends find it difficult to believe
890
B, engaged in carrying out a secret enterprise, finds himself in danger and calls upon a stranger, A-4, for aid
891
B’s escort to a dance, A-3. gets into a fight with another woman, A * B saves A from a knife in the hands of her enemy, A-3 **
892
B dies of pneumonia brought on by exposure while rescuing B-3 from an accident
893
B performs an act of great heroism in rescuing a child, CH, from death, but sacrifises his own life in making the rescue
(25) Seeking to Save a Person who is Accused of Transgression
894
A, robbed by A-5 and wishing to save her from the law, declares to A-6, the officer who has arrested A-5, that she gave A-5 the stolen property in her possession
895
B implores A-9, the governor of the state, for a pardon for A, a condemned prisoner * B knows that A is innocent of the crime for which she was convicted **
896
B learns that his daughter, D, is suspected of having committed a crime * B knows that his daughter, D, is innocent of the crime of which she is accused, and he knows who is guilty, but this knowledge makes the task of protecting D dangerous and difficult **
Enterprise
Idealism
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
897
A’s popularity becomes so annoying that she seeks what she conceives to be ideal seclusion 865 ; 664 689 690 to escape from it * A, seeking seclusion because her popularity annoys her, becomes hungry for the old applause and suffers remorse because of her flight from it **
898
A is a selfish person, constantly looking out for “Number One” * A, selfish and miserly, finds that her methods are mistaken and that she is making no progress towards happiness **
899
A is wealthy and avaricious, and happy only when adding to her riches * A, wealthy and avaricious, loses all by grasping for trifling gains **
900
A’s imagination leads her mind astray, and in seeking emancipation from fancied misfortunes she is plunged into real misfortunes * A, given all she thought necessary for her happiness, finds there is still something lacking—something in herself **
901
A is a white woman who seeks to make her white civilization a pattern for half-savage peoples * A “goes native” and marries a native man, B **
902
A has a passion for a certain pastime: [1] card games. [2] billiards, [3] tennis, [4] bowlling, and she becomes so absorbed in her trifling game that big events, demanding her immediate attention, are neglected with disastrous results
903
A is a conscientious artist, whose ideal is Truth * A, hired by B to paint his portrait, puts so much character and so little beauty into her work that B is deeply offended **
904
A, a morally superior person thrown into a savage environment, is conquered by moral inferiority in the person of B, a native boy
905
A’s pride will not allow her to discontinue benefactions for which her family has long been noted, although her poverty forces her to many shifts of simulation, demands pinching sacrifises, and taxes her ingenuity
906
A discovers that her friend, A-2, is a defaulter * A-2 has important responsibilities, which A has not, and A flees, thus making it appear that she is the defaulter **
907
A, unable to find the noble ideal for which she has long and vainly searched, dies * A, after searching in vain for a noble ideal, dies unaware of the fact that she herself, because of her earnest search, has come to exemplify the ideal **
908
B is a selfish, hard-hearted, worldly-minded man who seeks to live for himself alone. He wonders why he is not happy and contented
909
B indirectly causes the death of his sister, SR-B, by opposing a discreditable enterprise she was attempting to carry out * B dies a broken-hearted victim of his own high ideals **
(31) Living a Lonely, Cheerless Life and Seeking Companionship
910
A seeks happiness in being the pal of her son, SN-A, and in making him happy * A is ultra old-fashioned, and her son, SN-A, is ultra modern **
911
A seeks happiness in her love for a child, CH, but for certain reasons finds it difficult to realize her desire
912
A’s consuming desire is for friendship, for some one with whom she may associate and converse; but she is old and ugly, and no one pays her any attention
A becomes reconciled with an enemy, A-3, when A-3 renders her a service
913
A, suffering misfortune, seeks happiness in the companionship of A-2 and in playing golf
914
A is a gambler pursuing her blackleg vocation * A handicaps herself by taking charge of an abandoned baby, CH **
915
A flees to a foreign country to escape the consequences of a transgression * A, a fugitive in a foreign land, becomes so homesick for her own country that she has to return **
916
B, his lot cast in a lonely place, craves excitement as a condition necessary to happiness
(32) Seeking to Conceal Identity Because of a Lofty Idealism
917
A mysteriously disappears from her own community; and. when she reappears among strangers, she bears a fictitious name * A, seeking to forward an enterprise which those who know her might consider absurd or unworthy, changes her name and goes secretly to a place where she is unknown **
918
A seeks to rebuild her life wasted in dissipation, along the lines of exemplary ideals * A, in carrying out a worthy enterprise, changes her name and goes to a place where she is unknown **
A undergoes a tragic experience which results in a beneficial character change
919
A, a soldier, disappears from the ranks * A, .a soldier, disappears from the ranks and dies secretly and heroically for an ideal of duty; but she is reported “a deserter under fire” **
A, a soldier, is a deserter under fire but falsely reported “missing in action” * A, after long years of wandering as an outcast, returns as an Unknown to her own home **
A, a soldier, is reported “a deserter under fire” * A, a soldier facing a large force of the enemy, fights against overwhelming odds until she is killed **
920
A, humble and supporting herself by menial tasks 718a 748 749 -*, loses a work of art 709 tr A & A-2 711b ch A to A-2 about which there are no marks of identification. The work of art, X, is found and pronounced by connoisseurs to be the production of a master. In the public prints the unknown artist is invited to come forward and receive the honors and wealth to which her genius entitles her. But A’s ideal is “art for art’s sake,” and she will not be tempted
921
B realizes that his happiness and his duty lie in rehabilitating his character; in establishing, under an assumed name, an exemplary character and thus to make amends for a grievous wrong committed under his real name
(35) Becoming Involved in a Complication that Challenges the Value of Cherished Ideals
922
A has low ideals, but changes them abruptly for high ideals * A searches everywhere for a Good Woman, whom she envisons and personifies, but who evades her **
A has high ideals but, on suffering misfortune, she changes her high ideals for low ideals * A becomes a “bum,” an outcast and a wanderer **
923
A, a crook, is trying to “go straight” * A, a crook trying to “go straight,” is compelled by A-5. the leader of her old gang, to take part in a criminal enterprise **
924
A, wealthy, desires with all her heart to live as a poor woman * A, wealthy and desiring to live as a poor woman, finds that her wealth makes it impossible **
A, wealthy, seeks to lead a life of idleness and luxurious leisure * A is wealthy, and her ideal life is a life of leisure—but she meets with an experience that challenges her ideal **
925
A is a “man of the world,” relentlessly looking out for “Number One” and having little regard for others * A grievously wrongs her friend, A-2, and is taught a beneficial lesson when A-2 freely forgives her **
926
A’s lofty aim is to be a benefactor of womankind * A, trying to realize her ideal of being a benefactor of womankind, meets with a disturbing experience **
927
A seeks to throw open her home to friends and strangers alike, and be generously hospitable, but certain unpleasant conditions make it difficult
928
A, in a spirit of altruism, befriends all in need * A is never too busy to give aid to others and, because of it, she has an unpleasant experience **
A is proud of her daughter, D * A’s daughter, D, dies a shameful, inglorious death, bringing dishonor and sorrow to A **
929
A, believing poverty the key to happiness, changes her ideals when she finds herself wealthy, and happy as she had never been in the days of her poverty
930
B builds a monument to his mother, M-B, whom he mistakenly thinks is dead, and whose memory is to him a source of pride and honor
931
B is happy in his mistaken ideals * B is compelled to challenge the value of his ideals when he sees his father, F-B, pursuing them **
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
932
A is a writer who plans to work up a pet idea into a story * A, a writer, before she begins work on a story, wishes to make sure that the tale she has in mind will be interesting to the general public. She plans to settle the question by secret enterprise **
933
B decides that there is more to be gained by suffering defeat in an enterprise than by being successful
(17) Bearing Patiently with Misfortunes and Seeking to Attain Cherished Aims Honorably
934
A, mother of D, renounces happiness in order to uphold a lofty conception of duty and save D from disgrace
935
A, penniless, exchanges ten years of servitude for a college education
936
A’s cherished ideal is the sea, and far-flung adventures * A cannot realize her cherished ideal because she is compelled to work at a desk job in order to support herself and her dependents **
937
A is a morally superior person * A, a morally superior person, is cast away in a vicious, isolated, primitive environment where moral inferiority assails her high idealism on every side **
938
A is a clever craftswoman who struggles to earn a living while upholding her ideals * A, if she chooses, could win vast wealth by sacrificing her high principles **
939
A seeks good in evil by culling lessons in good out of her association with transgressors—inspiration for contentment out of her misfortunes
940
A is a woman of wealth and influence who feels that the gold of her true worth is obscured by the dross of her riches * A enlists as a private in the army when she might easily have secured an officer’s commission **
941
A seeks, through idealism, to be content with life in spite of a grinding poverty that makes life wretched
942
A has fallen upon evil days and luck goes against her in every way * A clings to her lofty ideals through all her vicissitudes of fortune **
943
A starves to death in holding fast to a lofty conception of duty * A starves to death rather than amass wealth by shattering her ideals **
A, a prisoner, dies holding fast to a lofty conception of duty rather than win freedom by shattering her ideals of loyalty
944
A is a lady of the “old school,” who comes through life enduring with patient fortitude every manner of misfortune; and then, at last, poverty stricken and pronounced a failure according to all the material standards of the world, she still clings to her high ideals and counts her vicissitudes, which could not overcome her ideals, as blessings in disguise
945
B, as the world regarded his, was a moral transgressor; but, in his own estimation, he was seeking the best and noblest in life * B, considered a moral transgressor, through his magnetic personality and the sincerity of his convictions, disarmed criticism in life and was praised by all after he died **
946
B, a transgressor, tries to live down his unfortunate past by exemplary conduct
947
B seeks to remain a good man in spite of a vicious, morally inferior environment
948
B’s parents, F-B and M-B, are “just poor white trash,” but lowly B struggles for an education that will lift him out of his squalid environment
(34) Embarking Upon an Enterprise of Insurrection in the Hope of Ameliorating Certain Evil Conditions
949
A’s capricious fancy, groping toward happiness, leads her to depart from the strict line of duty
A is a police magistrate with lofty humanitarian ideals * A, a police magistrate who wishes to know more of the private lives of those who are brought before her for judgment, disguises herself as a “bum” and plunges into the underworld **
950
A’s half-knowledge of the world constitutes her handicap * A believes she can be happier and more successful as a lawyer than as a doctor, as a general than as a private, as her own “boss” than by working for somebody else ** A feels that she can do more good outside the priesthood than as a priest ***
951
A’s happiness lies in freeing herself of a torturing conscience * A will suffer ruin and disgrace if she carries out her plan to free herself of a torturing conscience **
952
A’s ambition, one that is necessary to her happiness, is to fall out of the world that knows her * A leaves her coat on a cliff at the seaside, drops her hat in a stunted tree below the brink, and vanishes from the scenes that know her **
953
A, for reasons of her own, craves peace and quiet * A, desiring peace and quiet, finds her ideal retreat in a vacant house, and there she secretly takes up her quarters **
954
A, through erring imagination, becomes discontented with her life and surroundings * A, discontented, in a spirit of revolt seeks to achieve contentment **
955
A, a highwaywoman, is robbing the mails * A, a highwaywoman, opening a letter that falls into her hands, secures information 738 742 743a that sends her away on an altruistic undertaking—all by the way of proving that there “is good in the worst of us” **
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
956
B volunteers to nurse a sick person, A-8, when no one else will undertake the work * A-8 is ill of a disease that is contagious and deadly ** B, nursing A-8, contracts a contagious disease and dies ***
957
A becomes so wealthy and powerful that, in the overweening pride of her mistaken ideals she voices the query: “Is there any god greater than I?”
A is a general in the army * A, a general in the army, is engaged in an unimportant enterprise, and she is so absorbed in it that she gives no attention to the attacking enemy. A’s troops are defeated **
A is captain of a steamship, racing across the Atlantic in an attempt to cut down the time of the passage * A refuses to delay her important enterprise long enough to rescue A-4, a person in distress and facing death **
(33) Resisting Secretly and from an Honorable Motive a Mandate Considered Discreditable
958
A takes issue with the accepted belief that poverty is the source of discontent, and conceives it to be the true source of happiness * A struggles against difficulties in seeking to avoid wealth **
959
A, with negro blood in her veins, aspires to all the opportunities of the white race
960
A is a soldier, eager to fight but who is commanded to retreat before a superior force of the enemy * A receives orders from her superiors which she considers discreditable **
A is a general in the army * A, a general, when the enemy attack, is engaged in an unimportant enterprise, and she is so absorbed in it that she will not give it up. A’s troops are defeated **
961
A’s pride rebels against the loss of her ancestral acres through poverty
962
B, who finds his happiness in a beautiful garden, learns that the garden is about to be destroyed
(36) Undergoing an Experience that Results in a Remarkable Character Change
963
A discards low ideals for high ideals * A, discarding low ideals for high ideals, struggles in vain to realize her high ideals; but, although baffled in realizing her cherished ambition, she effects a beneficial change in her character **
964
A, becoming aware of an old prophecy, unconsciously seeks to become like the exalted protagonist of the prophecy
A, a transgressor, returns to her home as an Unknown after a long absence, and meets her son, SN-A * A, a transgressor, learning that her son, SN-A, thinks she is dead, and that her character was high and noble, does not reveal her identity but leaves SN-A happy in his mistaken ideals **
(37) Seeking Against Difficulties to Realize a Cherished Ideal
965
A’s one desire is to achieve a high honor, an honor that is unmerited, and to enjoy that honor is a condition necessary to happiness
966
A has set her heart on accomplishing something beyond her powers, and her happiness depends upon her success * As [1] writing a great poem, [2] becoming famous as a composer of music, [3] demonstrating the power of science to set aside the laws of heredity, [4] painting a great picture or [5] performing an act of great daring
967
A has been mysteriously absent from her home for long years * A, for many years mysteriously absent from her home, seeks a happy renewal of old ties by returning suddenly and unheralded to her native place **
968
A is a young woman of lofty ideals * A, a young woman of lofty ideals, craves all sorts of experiences in order that she may find the best and noblest in life **
969
A, a city toiler, cherishes a dear desire for the open fields and the song of the lark
970
A befriends any strangers who may be in need of assistance, often neglecting her own family in carrying out her generous enterprises
971
A believes solitude the greatest of human blessings * A, believing solitude to be the greatest of human blessings, encounters difficulties in her search for it **
972
A is a worthless ne’er-do-well, while her friend, A-2, is a woman of worth in the world * A resolves, at any cost to herself, to save her friend, A-2, from threatening misfortune **
973
A, a white woman battling against the superstitious frenzy of a half-savage tribe stricken with the plague, upholds the highest ideals of the white woman’s civilization
974
B, reared in the slums of a large city and seeking his ideal of happiness in the woods and open fields, comes finally to live in a drab, cheerless countryside
975
B is in failing health and his days numbered * B, in failing health and his days numbered, feels that he cannot die happy until he sees again his native place, and re-visits the well-remembered haunts of his childhood **
976
B believes that the practice of the religious virtues is the crying need of the world, and seeks by his own life to exemplify his convictions
977
B is determined to protect the honor of his family, but he can do so only by following the path of relentless duty
B’s sister, SR-B, has committed a crime * B, apprised of a crime committed by his sister, SR-B, informs the police and has SR-B arrested **
978
B’s father, F-B, cherishes the fixed desire to give B a good education * B and his father, F-B, are penniless, and B has to work to support the two of them **
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Obligation
(21) Falling Into Misfortune Through Mistaken Judgment
979
A has innocently caused a number of people to invest money in a worthless enterprise * A, having innocently caused a number of people to lose money in an enterprise, feels that she cannot rest content until, by her own efforts, she recovers the money for the losers and restores it **
980
A, by undertaking an obligation finds herself threatened by misfortune * A, by concealment and stratagem, transfers a dangerous obligation to A-8, a stranger **
981
A, in return for a service A-2 has rendered her, agrees to grant any favor A-2 may ask that is within her power
982
A agrees to take in hand and control an incorrigible youth, NC, who has proved too hard a problem for her aunt and guardian, A’s friend, A-2
A, a bachelor, undertakes to care for CH, the child of her married brother, BR-A, while BR-A is away on a vacation
983
A, in order to get A-8 into her power, craftily manoeuvers her heavily into debt * A hopes to secure A-8’s help in an undertaking by offering to free her from debt **
984
A, after B dies, carries out honorably the distasteful obligation to travel
985
A is threatened with misfortune because of a mysterious parcel 1382b -* ch A to A-4, which she has obligingly taken from A-4, a stranger, and promised to deliver
986
A, a detective, returns B, a criminal, to the scene of his crime for trial and punishment * B, a criminal who has undergone a character change and become an honest man, is given his liberty by the jury before whom he is tried **
(38) Committing a Grievous Mistake and Seeking in Secret to Live Down Its Evil Results
987
A, influenced by a compelling idea of responsibility, finds it necessary to protect her friend, A-2, from a secret danger * A is indirectly the cause of danger to her friend, A-2—danger of which A-2 is ignorant and of which A cannot tell her **
988
A’s friend, A-2, was the mother of B; and, when A-2 died, A promised her she would care for B as though he were her own child * A is disloyal to B, her ward **
(39) Forsaking Cherished Ambitions to Carry Out an Obligation
989
A’s promise to her father, F-A, prevents her from undertaking a cherished enterprise
990
A’s family all worked in order that she might be helped to a technical education * A conceives it to be her duty to work at a calling she dislikes so that she may repay her family for their sacrifices **
991
A, unable to realize a cherished ambition because of family obligations, comes as near realizing the ambition as she can * A seeks theoretical adventure, “armchair” adventure—the thrill of high emprise caught second-hand from travel books **
992
B makes a great personal sacrifise in order to carry out a filial obligation to live with his mother. M-B, and make a home for her
993
B’s mother, M-B, dies heavily involved in debt * B, the only child of his mother, M-B, considers himself in honor bound to pay the debts of the deceased M-B, and undertakes a strange enterprise in order to carry out the obligation **
994
B, a widower, finds his happiness in being independent * B, a widower, is compelled by family obligations to live with a married daughter, D **
995
B labors for years at a lonely task * B labors for years at a lonely task in order to clear the name of his mother, M-B, from dishonor **
996
B’s father, F-B, denies himself the necessities of life in fulfilling his duty to educate B
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in Which Misfortune is Indicated
997
A, on her sacred honor, has promised her friend, A-2, that she will do whatever A-2 shall require of her
A has $500,000. A rich relative, AU, bequeaths a million dollars to A, provided she shall spend her half-million within a year * A, with a half million dollars must be “broke” within a year, and she must not give away any money nor spend a cent foolishly **
998
A secretly discovers a delinquency A-4 wishes to conceal * A, secretly informed regarding a transgression A-4 wishes to conceal, threatens to inform the authorities unless A-4 does something A wants her to do **
999
A’s niece and ward, NC, is wild and reckless and A is unable to manage her * A passes her unmanageable niece and ward, NC, along to a friend in the West, A-2, who declares that she will either kill NC or tame her **
(41) Finding an Obligation at Variance with Ambition, Inclination or Necessity
1000
A is the scion of a proud old line whose greatest pride has been to keep its estates intact * A, in desperate need, ignores a family obligation **
1001
A finds it necessary to carry out a certain distasteful enterprise if she would attain wealth
A is to inherit a fortune from her aunt, AU, on condition that she shall never leave her native land * B, an enemy of AU who has left a fortune to A on condition that she shall never travel abroad, wins a promise from A that she will travel abroad after he dies **
1002
A is a man-hater * A, against her wish and inclination, becomes the guardian of a beautiful young man, B **
1003
A is under an obligation to commit a crime * A, under an obligation to commit a crime, is not a criminal at heart and cannot meet the obligation **
1004
A, a doctor who is also a crook, is returning at night from a successful burglary job, when she is hastily summoned to attend a very sick person, A-8
1005
A and SR-A are twin sisters with the same likes and dislikes * A and SR-A, sisters, carry out honorably the distasteful obligation of living apart **
1006
A, a lawyer, honorably discharges the distasteful duty of defending a criminal, A-5
A, in order to carry out an obligation, gives up her chosen profession and enters another line of work
1007
A carries out honorably the heart-breaking obligation of killing her friend, A-2, hopelessly ill and tortured with suffering * A-2 begs relief at A’s hands as an act of mercy ** A-2 is the sister of B, who is very dear to A ***
1008
A, trusted butler in the household of A-9, is really a crook * A, using her position in the household of A-9 as a “cover” to her black designs, loots the jewel box of A-9’s husband, B, and departs secretly between two days **
1009
B, a widower, wishes to be independent and to have a home of his own; but there are certain obligations at war with his desire
B, a widower, has given all his money to his daughter, D * B, penniless, is compelled to live with his daughter, D **
1010
B, ordered by thieves, A-5, A-5, A-5, to open a safe belonging to A, refuses in spite of threats against his life
(40) Embarking Upon an Enterprise in which One Obligation is Opposed by Another Obligation
1011
A, an officer of the law, is under a personal obligation to a criminal, A-5 * A, an officer of the law, is compelled by duty to arrest a criminal, A-5, to whom she is under an obligation **
1012
A’s impecunious grandchild, GCH, buys A a birthday present, X, on credit * X, a birthday present, will not she delivered until it is paid for ** A pays for X, a birthday present, which her impecunious grandchild, GCH, is giving her ***
1013
A, a fugitive in the desert, discovers that the officer who is pursuing her, A-6, is sunblind and dying from thirst * A, a fugitive from justice, will be arrested if she rescues A-6, the officer who is pursuing her. from misfortune; and if A abandons A-6, A-6 will die **
1014
A, a cashier responsible for the funds of the firm employing her, is ordered by A-5 1079 ch A to A-5, junior partner of the firm, to give her secretly a large sum of the firm’s money
1015
A is a United States consul * A lives on an island, and on the same island are two other white women, A-2 and A-5, both friends of A’s * A-6, an officer of the law, calls on A to help her arrest A-5 **
1016
A, a police officer, has captured a criminal, A-5 * A, a police officer, is under an obligation of professional duty to arrest A-5, and she is under a counter-obligation of a personal nature to help A-5 ** A cuts a Gordian knot by taking poison ***
A, an army officer, has a friend, A-2, one of the enemy and a spy, brought before her for punishment by court-martial * A’s friend, A-2, rescues A from a heartbreaking situation by killing herself **
1017
A, an officer of the law, and A-5, her prisoner, are lost in the desert, afoot, without food and with only a small supply of water—not enough for the two of them * A, an officer of the law, is old; and A-5, her prisoner, is young, and there are extenuating circumstances in her case 1309b ch B to A-5 1291b ch A to A-5 747 ch A to A-5 ** A and A-5, officer of the law and prisoner, are lost in the desert with only a small supply of water between them. They draw lots to see which shall take the water and make her escape. A cheats in the drawing so that A-5 may win. A-5 picks up the water canteen and abandons A to die ***
(42) Falling Into Misfortune While Seeking Honorably to Discharge an Obligation
1018
A, the daughter of M-A, feels it her duty to sell all her property in order to help pay the debts of the deceased M-A
1019
A is the recipient of anonymous threats of violence if she tries to carry out an obligation * A, threatened anonymously with violence if she carries out an obligation, proceeds boldly with what she believes to be her duty **
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