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 him. He may develop his 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 his 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 his story with a Masterplot and marshal his situations or Conflicts in conformity to it; or, it enables him 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 F-B, father 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 craftsman 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 she does not know, falls in love with him.” 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 girl seeking employment, follows the advice of a supposed friend. A-5, and finds herself in an immoral dance hall where she 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 he or she 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 he or she seems to be. No. 2f has a carry-on suggestion:
1461a. B 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.
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 his 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 her conscience; she finds it a losing battle, and makes an important revelation in order that she may achieve peace of mind.
358 **-***. A, in order to win B, is compelled to confess his 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 man in order to forward his 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 woman 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 her old transgression discovered **
727. A, a judge presiding at a murder trial, finds himself unexpectedly confronted with a circumstance that makes his work a torture to his 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 man 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 father, F-B, promises him B’s hand in marriage if he 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 F-B, father of B * A, discovering secretly that B loves a rival, A-3, refuses to hold B to a promise of marriage made by her father, F-B **
Nobility of character on the part of A is suggested by this heroic renunciation. The character of B, of F-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 he is about to lose the property * A, by hook or crook, seeks to save his mortgaged paternal 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 he seems unable to conquer the failing although he invariably suffers loss
Here we have a suggestion as to the character weakness which caused A to squander his fortune and mortgage his 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 him 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 his friend B, and his desire to please her, inspires him to bring out the best in his 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 he has rehabilitated his character, he 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 female 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 he seems unable to conquer the failing although he invariably suffers loss.
656. A’s ancestral estates have been heavily mortgaged and he is about to lose the property * A, by hook or crook, seeks to save his paternal acres from foreclosure **
1075a. A, struggling hopelessly against a character weakness, forms a platonic friendship for B.
1075b. A’s admiration for his friend B, and his desire to please her, inspires him to bring out the best in his 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 his gratitude has blossomed into love. A, by inference, is so deeply in love with B that the best in his nature is, for the time, eclipsed by his desire to win B. He resorts to simulation in forwarding his suit—thinking less of saving his ancestral acres by a wealthy marriage than he is of his 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 he can never find her alone. He 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 his ardor has already lured him. He is pretending to be a man of wealth when he is almost a bankrupt; but he has overcome his passion for gambling, thanks to B’s influence, and he is ready to husband his remaining resources and save what he can from the wreck of his material fortunes. A carry-on suggestion appended to Conflict 187 is a two-Conflict combination, 163 ; 91:
163. B learns that her 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. She learns that he is faced with disaster; and the Conflicts, if desired, will offer suggestions as to just how she discovers this secret. B is in love with A and ready to overlook his shortcomings, so she hastens to his rescue. We will depart, at this point, from the references and show B, on her 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 him from debt **
This happy turn of affairs, naturally, cannot long remain unknown to A. If he has pride, let him pocket it; or let his pride be humbled by B’s proof of her great love for him. 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 his conscience; he finds it a losing battle, and makes an important revelation in order that he 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 he has rehabilitated his character, he 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 her 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 him from debt **
364d *-**. A’s gratitude to B blossoms into love; and when A is sure he has rehabilitated his character, he 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 his Plotto by adding material of his 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 male, and the female, 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, male protagonist
A-2, male friend of A
A-3, male rival or enemy of A
A-4, male stranger
A-5, male criminal
A-6, male officer of the law
A-7, male inferior, employee
A-8, male utility symbol
A-9, male superior, employer, one in authority
 
B, female protagonist
B-2, female friend of B
B-3, female rival or enemy of B
B-4, female stranger
B-5, female criminal
B-6, female officer of the law
B-7, female inferior, employee
B-8, female utility symbol
B-9, female superior, employer. one in authority
 
F-A, father of A
M-A, mother of A
BR-A, brother of A
SR-A, sister of A
SN-A, son of A
D-A, daughter of A
U-A, uncle of A
AU-A, aunt of A
CN-A, male cousin of A
NW-A, nephew of A
NC-A, niece of A
GF-A, grandfather of A
GM-A, grandmother of A
SF-A, stepfather of A
SM-A, stepmother of A
GCH-A, grandchild of A
 
F-B, father of B
M-B, mother of B
BR-B, brother of B
SR-B, sister of B
SN-B, son of B
D-B, daughter of B
U-B, uncle of B
AU-B, aunt of B
CN-B, female cousin of B
NW-B, nephew of B
NC-B, niece of B
GF-B, grandfather of B
GM-B, grandmother of B
SF-B, stepfather of B
SM-B, stepmother of B
GCH-B, grandchild of B
 
CH, a child
AX, a mysterious male person, or one of unusual character
BX, a mysterious female person, or one of unusual character
X, an inanimate object, an object of mystery, an uncertain quantity
Note: BR-A, BR-B, SR-A, SR-B, SN-A, SN-B, D-A, D-B, CN-A and CN-B may on occasion be merely BR, SR, SN, D, and CN.
Where necessary to indicate a male friend of B, or a female friend of A, the symbols aB-2, bA-2 may be used. Likewise, bCN-A, female cousin of A; aCN-B, male cousin of B, bGCH-A, female grandchild of A, aCH. male 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 man 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 man of high social standing **
A, in love with B, finds that B considers him too perfect for married happiness * B considers her lover, A, too perfect for married happiness; so A simulates a “hardboiled” character in order to prove that he is not so perfect as he seems **
A, elderly, is in love with youthful B * A, elderly, in love with youthful B, seeks to forward his love affair by simulating youth **
A, a crook, outlaw, gambler, pretends to be an honest man in order to forward his 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 his sweetheart, B, and fears he is losing her love * A, fearing he 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 his 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 him * A, falling in love with B, pretends that he is A-8 **
B, wealthy, devotes much time to settlement work; and, in carrying out her philanthropic enterprises, she pretends to be a shop girl * B, while posing as a shop girl, meets A, and they fall in love **
B, poor and humble but romantic, acquires unexpectedly a small sum of money; thus financed, she 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 maid, uses the wardrobe of her wealthy mistress 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 woman of wealth and fashion * A, a judge, falls in love with B, a criminal **
A, a detective, falls in love with B, the criminal he has arrested and is returning to the scene of her 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 woman, B * A, in a spirit of altruism, restores property to an unknown woman, B—and falls in love with her **
5
A, carrying the news of the death of his friend, A-2, to B, the girl to whom A-2 was betrothed, 70 ch A to A-2, is mistaken by B and her parents for A-2. B and her parents have never seen A-2 or A 26a, b * A, posing as his 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 he has dropped and restores it. A and B fall in love **
A, a judge, loses his brief case * B finds a lost brief case belonging to A, a judge, and restores it to him; and the acquaintance, thus begun, ripens into love **
7
A is crude, unhandsome and repellant to the ladies, although he desires to be a gallant * A receives from A-7 a small object of mystery, X, which A-7 declares will make him redoubtable in love. A takes X and fares forth to try it **
A is in love with B and fears his affair is hopeless * A, in order to prosper his love affair with B, secures a love philtre from the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son—a philtre that is guaranteed to bring him the love of B **
8
A has a repellant personality and, knowing it, he is timid in love * A is timid in love but, armed with a love charm, X, he 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 maiden aunt, AU-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 her by her father; and every man B hires as foreman makes love to her sooner or later, and is discharged * B hires A as foreman on her ranch, and he promises to keep his place and not make love to her; but B falls in love with him, and is presently glad to learn that A’s sole purpose in taking the job of foreman was to win her love **
10
B is a criminal, and A is the detective who has arrested her * B, a criminal arrested by A, a detective, brings her charms to bear upon A in the hope of effecting her 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 mother, M-B, a middle-aged widow, introduces A, her youthful lover, to B * B’s mother, M-B, plans that her youthful lover, A, shall transfer his affections to B. M-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 his affections to B-3, who is nearer his own age **
B, who is unworthy, finds that she has won the love of worthy A * B, unworthy, seeks to have her lover, A, transfer his 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 her ideal. And then B makes a discovery **
13
B is discouraged regarding her romantic affairs * B, discouraged regarding her love affairs, meets with a “sign” which prophesies her 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 her gives her the power to bear patiently the misfortunes of her 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 her hardships **
B finds herself 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 widow, meets A, an equally attractive young widower * B, a widow, and A, a widower, meet in a cemetery where each comes with flowers for her and his lost spouse—and they fall in love **
15
B, plain and humble working girl, falls in love with A
B, plain and humble “slavey,” secretly adores A * A does not dream that humble B is in love with him **
(2) Falling in Love at a Time When Certain Obligations Forbid Love
16
A, a detective, has arrested B, a criminal, and is returning her to the scene of her crime for trial and punishment * A, a detective, falls in love with B, a criminal whom he has arrested **
A has taken vows that proscribe the love of woman * A, although he has taken vows that proscribe the love of woman, 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 wife, B-3. whom he has never loved, a wife whom he considers it his 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 he 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 woman he loves, A refuses
20
A seeks to buy an object, X, from B, an object he 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 his 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 her settle the involved estate of her deceased father, F-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 she is a transgressor; and B, on her part, thinks A is a transgressor * A and B, each thinking the other is a transgressor, nevertheless fall in love **
22
A is a woman-hater, but he is rendered, a service by B which causes him to revise his opinions of the opposite sex * A, a woman-hater, falls in love with B **
A has an experience with B which causes him to become a woman-hater
23
B, an “inferior” person, falls in love with A, a “superior” person, and seeks to win him 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 his heart to B, a woman he does not know, and wishes to marry her
A, attracted by the loveliness of B, loses his heart to her
A sees a photograph of B, a woman he does not know * A, studying a photograph of unknown B, falls in love with her **
A, hearing of the character and charms of B, a woman he has never met, falls in love with her and resolves to win her 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 he does not know, seeks an introduction
26
A and B have never seen each other; but, through their fathers, F-A and F-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 herself in love with the doctor, A
B, suffering misfortune with A, fancies herself in love with him
29
B knows nothing of A, having fallen in love with him at “first sight”
30
B, a stenographer, is in love with A, junior partner of the firm employing her
31
B, rescued from an accident by A, whom she does net know, falls in love with him
32
B, desiring love, has never had a lover, and feels the misfortune keenly
33
B, daughter of M-B, a widow, desperately opposes, and for very good reasons, M-B’s intention to marry again
34
B, humble and self-effacing, worships A, her love alone seeming a sufficient reward of happiness
35
B, a plain girl who has no lover, is persuaded by her friend, B-2, to accept an escort to a dance—A, a man she does not know
36
B is attractive, but no man pays her any attention * B, attractive, and humiliated because of her 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 motherhood as her ideal
Love and Courtship
Love’s Misadventures
(21) Falling Into Misfortune Through Mistaken Judgment
40
A presents his sweetheart, B, with a novel; and the story, unknown to A, contains a character described as an adventuress 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, her name and his 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 he sent her
41
A, in love with B, refuses the wise counsel of B in business affairs, and an estrangement follows
A has promised B, the woman he loves, that he will give up a practice which B considers discreditable * A, yielding to temptation, proves false to a promise he made his 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 F-B, father of B * B’s father, F-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 woman 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 his love affair with B that it has a disastrous effect upon his business enterprises
45
A discovers that B, unhappily married, is—innocently on his own part—in love with him
A, kind to humble B and considering her merely as a friend, is amazed to learn that she is in love with him
46
A meets B, his love of other days, and is surprised to find that his success in distant lands 967 has no charm for her that is not discounted by the meager opportunities of the home country
47
A asks that B allow herself to be hypnotized in order that he may learn where buried treasure has been concealed 1394 * A hypnotizes B, and B dies of psychic shock **
A persuades his 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 he would suffer adversity all his life when, in order to cancel an obligation he gave his daughter, D-A, in marriage to A-8, a man she 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 wife, who immediately claims A as her husband **
51
A loves B, and, when A confesses to B that he once committed a murder, B’s health declines and she worries herself into her grave
A confesses to B, his sweetheart, that he 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, his sweetheart, when he hears some one approaching his 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 her **
54
A is in love with B. One evening, as usual, A calls to see B ; but, where her 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 her early twenties, is dazzlingly beautiful; but she is really very old, and in her 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 her beauty fades **
55
A really loves B, although he has taken vows that prohibit love for woman. A lives to regret his vows
56
B is cconvinced that several eligible men are in love with her * B is unaware of the fact that she 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 her friends telling of her motives * B, contemplating suicide, writes a note explaining her motives; then she changes her mind—and loses the note **
58
B invents a wholly imaginary lover, AX; and, most unexpectedly, a man of AX’s name and general characteristics, presents himself to her
B pretends that she is engaged to be married to an imaginary lover, AX, buys herself an engagement ring, and has the betrothal announcement published in a newspaper
B, single, pretends that she is a married woman 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 man with whom she eloped
61
B, in male attire, is suddenly revealed to A, the man she loves, in her true sex
62
B is harrassed by gossip concerning men falsely rumored to be in love with her, and by relatives of the supposed lovers calling on her and making complaint
63
B, in love with A, sends A a gift which, she mistakenly thinks, will forward their mutual happiness
64
B is persuaded into a secret marriage by A, the man she loves
65
B is so fully aware of the fact that she is beautiful and attractive that she thinks every man is in love with her * A, whom B favors but who does not love her, seeks B out and bluntly tells her of her egotistical self-deception
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
66
A, his love rejected by B, revenges himself by cutting off B’s long hair
A, his love rejected by B, seeks revenge on the sex by becoming a heart-breaker, and a betrayer
A, his love rejected by B, seeks revenge by making love to eligible, wealthy women 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 him **
68
A wronged B, the woman he loved, but secretly; and A craftily retains his 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 he committed the crime himself
70
A’s family is at war with B’s family; and A, in love with B, disguises his 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 his invalid wife; [2] pretends that he is married; [3] pretends that he 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 his deceased friend, A-2 26a, b ch A to A-2 who was betrothed to B. B and her 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, F-B and M-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, his curiosity aroused, secretly watches the house; then, one day, he 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 woman’s voice calling for help in a house he 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. his rival in love, is innocently lured into a compromising situation by B-5, woman confederate of A-3
76
A and A-3 are rivals for the hand of B. A-3 plans to forward his own aims at A’s expense
77
A and A-3 are in love with B 85a. F-B, father 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 him into an undertaking in which he will lose his reputation or his life
80
A, in order to ensure the happiness of B 85a whom he loves devotedly and who, he thinks, loves his rival, A-3 177 ch A to A-3 1175a ch A to A-3, fiees secretly so it may appear that he, 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 himself and leaves his estate to B and A-3
81
A kidnaps his sweetheart, B, 206 284 311 from an automobile while she is on her way to marry A-3, A’s rival in love
82
B disguises herself and meets A, the man she loves, as an Unknown * B seeks to discover whether A really loves her **
B resorts to simulation in order to discover whether A, the man she loves, really loves her
83
B pretends that she 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 she pretends is her husband
A, annoyed by unwelcome love affairs, pretends that he has an invalid wife, BX
85
B, in love with A, treats A harshly in an attempt to arouse his anger and spur him into proving his abilities
B seeks to prove A’s love for her by a stratagem * B deliberately manoeuvers herself 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 she is engaged to be married to a fictitious person, AX, and has the announcement published in a newspaper
87
B disguises herself as a boy, in order to be near A, whom she secretly adores
88
B, in order to carry out an enterprise considered necessary, offers to sell herself 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 her a theatrical engagement
B’s ambition is to do B-3 an injury; so she 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 her lover, A, escape from A-6, the officer who has arrested him, makes love to A-6 **
93
B, wealthy, pretends to lose all her money in an unfortunate investment, by way of discovering which of her lovers loves her for herself alone
B, seeking to prove whether or not A really loves her 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 her 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 woman, seeks to save A, B’s fiance, from the wiles of a designing woman, B-3, and restore him to B. B-2 does this by winning A away from B-3
95
B will lose her lover, A, if she allows A to proceed with an enterprise 225 125a 1201 1267a 1278a instigated by herself. 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 her as he 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 his high place in society in spite of the fact that he has secretly betrayed a young woman 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 him in misfortune unless he resorts to crafty enterprise
101
A is so besieged by match-making mammas that their meddling seriously interferes with the practice of his profession. He 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 his 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 men. She decides to free herself of the suspicion by a stratagem
103
B is in doubt as to which of her many lovers are in love with her money, rather than with her, and she resolves to settle the doubt by secret enterprise
104
B, if she wins a certain contest, also wins A-3, a lover of wealth and distinction whom she does not love, although she does love riches and social prominence; and if she loses the contest, she wins A, a poor lover whom she does love
(10) Suffering an Estrangement Due to Mistaken Judgment
105
A believes that his 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, his character undergoes a transformation **
107
A’s little world seems to crumble about his ears when he fancies that his sweetheart, B, is false to him * A, discovering that B is still true to him, undergoes a character transformation; pep, persistency and eloquence return, and lead him to success and happiness **
108
A, sweetheart of B, is condemned to die for a transgression he did not commit * A, unjustly imprisoned, is pardoned and restored to liberty when B appeals to high authority, A-9 **
109
A loses his sweetheart, loses his 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 he recovers the treasure
(1) Engaging in a Difficult Enterprise When Promised a Reward for High Achievement
110
A, in love with B, is promised her hand in marriage if he will: [1] successfully accomplish a work of great difficulty 209 225 111 112 113 114 115 [2] demonstrate his ability by securing a position at a salary which the parents of B think necessary for her comfort and happiness 1374 1377b; or, [3] solve a puzzling mystery
111
A, in love with B, is required by F-B, father of B, to secure a certain amount of money before he will be seriously considered as a son-in-law
112
A loves B; and B’s father, F-B, promises him B’s hand in marriage if he 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 man she loves, that he will lose her love unless he overcomes his lack of enterprise and makes the determination to win his dominant trait
115
B is in love with A; but, before she will promise to marry him, she stipulates that he 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 him
(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 F-A, his father, in case he can be found and will marry BX. a woman he has never seen
118
A will be disinherited by his wealthy grandfather, GF-A, if he does not perform an act which will prove a grievous injury to F-B 276 ch F-A to GF-A, father of B, the woman A loves
(2) Falling in Love at a Time When Certain Obligations Forbid Love
119
A, unmarried, elopes with B, the wife of his dearest friend, A-2
120
A, unmarried, falls in love with married B; B’s husband, A-8, will not divorce B, nor will she divorce him
121
B, unmarried, seeks motherhood 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, F-A, is compelled to take measures aginst F-B, father of B, the girl A loves
124
B is older than A and feels that it will be unjust to permit A to marry her, although she dearly loves him * 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 him to take advantage of it
B, in love with A who is forgetful and absent-minded, is asked by A to marry him. B tells A to call on her for his answer on a certain day at a certain hour. If he can remember to come, B is resolved to accept him
B is in love with A, who is engaged in settling the estate of B’s deceased father, F-B * B’s father, F-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 him until he becomes wealthy
A believes that B will not marry him until he overcomes his 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 his way to marry B and has only a few hours before the ceremony. He meets with misfortune
131
A is so much in love with B that his business languishes and he devotes all his time to courtship
132
A, if he carries out a certain obligation, will be unfaithful to B, and will lose her love
133
A loves B, and is compelled to stand helplessly by while B undertakes a dangerous enterprise
134
A, and the woman he 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 her so that he may win her in marriage
135
A and his father, F-A, are both in love with B and wish to marry her
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 brothers, are both in love with B
B and SR-B, twin sisters, are both in love with A
138
A, engaged to marry B, receives a request from B-3, his former sweetheart, that he come and see her
139
A discovers that his best friend, A-2, is in love with B, the girl 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 her, although he is willing to marry her as he has promised
143
B has so many lovers that she 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 man she loves
145
B, an attractive girl, is so absorbed in serious pursuits that she subordinates everything else, even love, to her 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 her to marry him
(29) Aiding Another to Hide from the World a Fateful Secret
147
B shares with her 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 his romantic surroundings 197 210-1, imagines himself in love with B
149
A, a widower, elderly, wealthy, temporarily bewitched by the vernal season, imagines himself in love with B, a servant in his 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 wife of his best friend, A-2; then B leaves A to elope with A-3
151
A, fancying himself in love with B, corrects the error when his 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; he falls in love with B 812b ; 230 tr A & B 224 and his 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 her 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 her A has sent for her
155
AX, a gay young blade traveling through the country, takes refuge from a storm in a rural church. To his astonishment, he is hailed at once as a bridegroom, and is hurried to the altar where a pretty girl, B 38 166 in an exhausted condition, seems waiting for him. In a spirit of recklessness 421 ch A to AX, he allows himself to be married to her; and when she, after the ceremony, seems to realize that he is not the man she thought he was, he hurriedly makes his escape
156
A, a pretender, in love with B, secretly discovers B making fun of his pretentions; he 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 he has a more favored rival, A-3
160
A has a rival in love, A-3, whose assurance is the key to his extraordinary resourcefulness
161
A discovers that a certain “charm,” X, with which he has won success in love, is no charm at all. The person who gave him the charm tells him that faith in it is all that counts. Let a man be sure of himself, with or without a charm, and he is bound to conquer love
162
B, in love with A, is uncertain of A’s affections
B has been betrayed, and her child is to be born out of wedlock * B, a poor unfortunate, meditates suicide as the only way out of her misfortunes **
163
B learns that her lover, A, has fallen into desperate misfortune
164
B, a rich widow, has so many suitors she finds it difficult to make a choice
165
B loses her watch (or a locket), and has her 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 she is to meet A. Scarcely realizing what is going on, she is married to a man who, as her senses clear, she discovers is not A but AX 155. She swoons on making the discovery, and AX disappears
167
B, her first lover having died, after some years falls in love a second time. AX, the man she loves, greatly cast down, tells B he is already married, and to a woman he does not even know, BX. He 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 her chosen line of work, takes “the easier way” and becomes the mistress of A
(5) Becoming Involved in a Hopeless love Affair, and Seeking to make the best of a Disheartening Situation
168
A, and his friend, A-2, traveling together, meet with a tragic accident in which A-2 is killed. Before he dies, A-2 requests A to carry the news of his death to his sweetheart, B 130 ch A to A-2 112 ch A to A-2 175 ch A-3 to A-2. A proceeds with his mission
169
A falls in with his friend, A-2, who is on his way to meet B, a girl he has never seen but to whom he 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, she 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 man of the world
172
B, estranged from her lover, A, whom she 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 her false lover, A, proposed to her. She has an odd conviction that the same misfortune will befall any other woman 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 her 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 her lover’s devotion, capriciously sends him into desperate danger
B, seeking to make a test of her lover’s devotion, capriciously plunges into danger to see if he will follow her
B promises A that she will marry him if he 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 F-B, the father of B, the girl he loves, is his enemy
178
B promises to meet A, her lover, at her home and introduce him to her parents. A, arriving in advance of B, is mistaken for A-7, a man 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 woman he loves
A, at a long distance from B, and in a lonely country, hears an agonized call from his sweetheart over the phone 483 ch “wife” to “sweetheart”
A has a clairvoyant vision apprising him of danger that threatens his sweetheart, B
180
A, a man of great strength and skill, is in love with B, F-B, father 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 his cow pony through the bleak hills, sees B, on a mettlesome horse, her bridle-rein broken, plunging helplessly toward the brink of a cliff. A, with a rattle of spurs, overtakes B and snatches her clear of the saddle.* Thereupon, love is declared and accepted 188a 241 360a **
A’s son, SN, is determined to marry B, whom A thinks is unworthy * A, seeking to prevent his son, SN, from marrying B, makes love to B and plans to marry her himself
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 she has received a proposal of marriaqe from A 192a 195, accepts. Later, she discovers it was A-3 76 160 who proposed
A is in love with B. Intending to propose marriage to B, he discovers that he has proposed to B-3 * A, thinking he is proposing marriage to B, finds that he has proposed to B-3, who accepts him **
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 she 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 her to marry him, but B is so closely guarded that A is in despair because of his lack of opportunity * A seeks by subtlity to make an opportunity to ask B to marry him **
186
A, in order to rescue B, who is ill and without funds, pretends to be in love with her and proposes marriage
187
A, in love with B and wishing to propose marriage, finds it impossible because B is so busy he can never find her alone. He seeks to make an opportunity by stratagem
188
B, impelled by an unusual motive, agrees to marry A if she loses to him 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 she 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 her unborn child * A, a stranger, offers to marry B and so save her from a crowning disgrace **
189
B, asked by A to marry him, wants a little more light on A’s character before making up her mind * B challenges A to a contest of skill, her 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 his chance to propose marriage to B, rescues her 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 his 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 himself, accepts him **
193
A, in love with B but too backward and diffident to propose marriage, is horrified to hear a child, CH, who knows of his passion, propose to B on his behalf. * But A is overjoyed when B accepts **
194
B, thinking A loves her and lacks the courage to make an avowal, proposes marriage to him after he has rescued her from a tragic accident
B sends a telegram to A-3 accepting his offer of marriage * B, accepting A-3’s proposal of marriage by telegram, through error sends the telegram to A, the lover from whom she is estranged **
195
B, out in a storm on a pitch-dark night, receives a proposal of marriage. Unable to see her lover, and scarcely able to hear him, she 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 his life by B, the ruler of the tribe, if he will marry her
198
A, of a proud old Southern family, impoverished in fortune, feels that he cannot ask wealthy B, with whom he is in love, to marry him
199
A is poor and crippled, and his pride will not suffer him to ask B, the woman he loves, to marry him
200
A, in love with B and eager to win her in marriage, procrastinates as a matter of habit in making the marriage proposal
201
A, fearing that B will refuse him, 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 him and forgets that he 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 his youth, and casting it aside, goes searching for it in later years
206
A, in love with B, discovers that his rival, A-3, is unworthy. B seems to favor A-3
207
A suffers remorse for telling B that he was married when he was not * A did not think that he loved B, but later finds that he does **
208
A, in love with B, discovers that B is a confirmed coquette and is merely playing with him
209
A carries out successfully a very difficult enterprise when promised the hand of B in marriage by F-B, father of B * A, discovering secretly that B loves a rival, A-3, refuses to hold B to a promise of marriage made by F-B **
210
A, under abnormal conditions, falls in love with B; on returning to normal conditions, he sees B as she really is and his love fades. [1] A’s imagination errs in a high, mountainous country; on returning to sea level, the error is manifest, and he renounces it 148 150. [2] A’s imagination errs on the romantic side in spring; but, as summer advances, he corrects his mistaken fancy 149 151. [3] A believes B wealthy; on discovering that she is poor, his 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 his heart as the loveliest and most perfect of her sex, returns home after a long absence and discovers that. B has become an immoral character
212
A is pledged by B, the woman he loves, to undertake an enterprise that will bring him serious misfortune * B pledges A to an enterprise which, unknown to B, will bring him serious misfortune **
A, having carried out successfully an enterprise instigated by capricious B, renounces her 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 his engagement to marry B, whom he loves
A is in love with both B and B-3 * While A debates within himself whether he 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 him into thinking B, the woman he 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 he loves B, is a conceited person * B-3 flatters A’s vanity and so maneuvers him into an engagement to marry her **
A sends a gift to B, the woman he loves; B-3 intercepts the gift, and craftily replaces it with a photo of herself, lovingly inscribed to A
219
A, influenced by his maiden sisters, SR-A, SR-A, renounces his affair with B, the woman he loves
220
A’s friends, A-2, A-2, believe that B, whom A is about to marry, is a woman of immoral character and that A should be restrained
221
A, in love with B, renounces his love when told by his friend, A-2, that it is unwise
A’s rival in love, A-3, abducts A and holds him a prisoner as a means of preventing him 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 his sweetheart, B, in the arms of A-4, leaves in anger, unaware that A-4 is B’s brother 708 -* ch A to BR-B just returned after a long, mysterious absence **
223
B’s father, F-B, a religious fanatic, sends B away from home because she falls in love with A 6a 14a. who is not of their religious belief
224
B, the woman A loves, proves false to him; 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 him trouble if it becomes known
225
B awakens her lover, A, from his apathy by arousing his ambition to get ahead in the world—which results in disaster to her love
226
B, finding her 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 her father, F-B, in using B for his subject in a scientific experiment, has instilled a poison into her blood
228
B wears a rose in her hair to reveal her love for A, as A has requested * B wears a rose in her hair to reveal her love for A; but the rose, unnoticed by B, falls from its place; and when A sees her, he 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 his make-believe by really falling in love **
231
A hopes, by a surgical operation on his skull, to be made immune from the “master passion”
232
A is an aristocrat; and B, the woman he loves, is a “daughter of the people” and hates the aristocracy * A, an aristocrat, in love with a working girl, 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 him, and he does not return until after the time set for the wedding
234
A loves B and would like to marry her, but B considers A a weakling and keeps him dangling * A, in order to prove his “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, F-B and M-B, induces B to take a ride in his 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 his 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 his 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 he is not a fugitive from justice as he had supposed, returns to his native country, secretly abandoning: B, for whom he had declared his love 12a while thinking himself a transgressor
238
A is engaged to marry B. B-3, a designing woman, seeks to compromise A 218a, b so B will give him up. B-2 is a generous woman who seeks by secret enterprise 844b to rescue A from the wiles of B-3 and restore him to B
239
B, poor, would marry wealthy A, whom she does not love, for the freedom from care his money would give her
240
B, revealing the fact that she is in love with A, of a family at war with her own, is denied further intercourse with A by her father, F-A * B meets A clandestinely **
241
B, in love with A, and disapproved of by F-A, the father of A, seeks as an Unknown to impress F-A with her character and charm
242
B disapproves of the men she meets in her own social and business world * B, disapproving of the men she meets in her own social and business world, envisions her ideal, the man she would like to meet, and fares forth secretly in search of him
243
B, in love with A, rejects his love when she learns that he jilted B-2 277 B’s dearest friend, to pay attentions to her
(13) Seeking by Craftiness to Escape Misfortune
244
A fights against the blandishments of B 945c -*, a morally inferior woman who is in love with him
245
A is accused by A-3, his 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 his enterprises in altruism, finds that his hard nature undergoes a beneficial change **
247
A betrays B, thinking mistakenly that there is no one to take her part and avenge the wrong
248
A, recognizing a relentless obligation, renounces B, with whom he is deeply in love
249
B, in love with A, rejects his love because she thinks him a man of evil mystery
250
B is in love with A, but A avoids women, 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 she feels that A is too model a man for her to be happy with
B refuses A’s offer of marriage because she feels that A is so absent-minded he might forget he has married her
253
B is loved by wealthy A. B does not love A, but, for certain reasons, she yields to his importunities and marries him
254
B, although she loves A, realizes that she is not the intellectual equal of A, and that their marriage would prove a hindrance to him
(22) Following a Wrong Course through Mistaken Judgment
255
A, with a taint of negro blood in his veins—known only to himself—loves and is beloved by B, a white girl
256
A, in love with B, leaves B for B-3, a woman who flatters his vanity and whose bold beauty has an appeal for him
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 her favor to A-3, A’s rival in love
258
A, in spite of the fact that there are reasons why he should not marry, nevertheless plans to do so
259
A, when B, the woman he loves, refuses to marry him, becomes [1] blase and cynical, a misogynist 224 230 243 245: [2] reckless, “goes to the dogs” or loses his mental balance in other ways 263 636 638 or [3] seeks to forget his 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 her because he is so absent-minded and forgetful; he writes B a letter, assuring her that he has cured himself of his great failing—and forgets to post the letter
261
B, her life’s romance apparently wrecked, decides to marry the man, A-3 284 290, she does not love
262
B receives a letter from an unknown source * B, influenced by an anonymous communication, breaks her engagement to marry A **
B, in love with A, receives an unsigned letter in which the writer states that she is the mistress of A and begs B not to take A away from her
B, in love with A, receives an unsigned letter in which the writer states that she is the wife of A by a secret marriage, and asks B to use her influence in persuading A to return to her
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 her 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 his rival in love, A-3, discredited, and of himself achieving happiness in love
A is very absent-minded * A, absent-minded, forgets that B has rejected his love and continues to pay court to her
266
A would save B, the woman he loves, from marriage with a rival, A-3, when he discovers A-3 to be a scoundrel
267
B, discovering the perfidious nature of A-3, the man she has promised to marry, turns from him to accept A, by whose shrewdness A-3 was unmasked
268
B refuses marriage with A, the man she loves, because of an obligation * B sacrifices happiness when, faithful to an obligation, she refuses marriage with A, the man she loves. Her sacrifice, in time, brings the consolation of spiritual joy for a hard duty nobly done
269
B’s father, F-B, bankrupt, refuses to give B in marriage to wealthy A-3, a man she does not love, in discharge of his debts
270
B adores A 327b in secret; and when A disappears and reappears with a bride, B still finds her happiness in the great, unselfish love she still has for him
(2) Falling in Love at a Time when Certain Obligations Forbid Love
271
A and B are in love; but A realizes that if he, 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 woman
273
A falls in love with B, who is betrothed to his friend, A-2
274
A becomes involved in a love affair at the same time that he becomes involved in a divorce proceeding 45a as the “other man”
275
A and B, their families at enmity, fall in love with each other
276
A and B fall in love; but their fathers, F-A and F-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 her 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 her that he is married
279
B, unmarried, falls in love with A, married * B, unmarried, falling in love with A, husband of B-3, is overcome with remorse. B flees from A and from the world to a solitary spot where she seeks to do penance and obtain a spiritual victory over her evil nature
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
280
A discovers that A-3, his rival for the love of B, is a defaulter
A discovers that A-3, his 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 his 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 his father, F-A, not to marry B, the girl he loves, he gives her up
A, an Indian, in love with B, a white girl, is commanded by his father, F-A, and by the head men of the tribe, to renounce B
283
B loves A, but rejects his love because of petty differences, and because her father, F-B, is an enemy of A’s father, F-A
284
B, in love with A, is compelled by her parents, F-B and M-B, to marry A-3
285
B cannot marry A, the man she loves, because of her promise to live with her widowed father, F-B, and make a home for him
286
B is ordered by her parents to have nothing to do with A * B allows herself to be governed by filial duty when her parents, F-B and M-B, order her to have nothing to do with A, the man she loves **
(40) Embarking upon an Enterprise in which One Obligation is Opposed by Another Obligation
287
A finds that he cannot do justice to his chosen career if he marries B, the woman he loves
288
A fears he has inherited the evil traits of an ancestor * A, because he fears he has inherited the evil traits of an ancestor, dares not ask B, the woman he loves, to marry him **
289
A, in love with B and engaged to marry her, has almost wrecked his life with dissipation and feels that he should give B up
290
B is in love with A, but the sentiment of her 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 man 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 womanly perfection * A considers B the acme of womanly perfection; yet B, on the contrary, is a woman of doubtful character **
293
A is an aristocrat; and B, the woman he 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 his friend, A-2. is cruelly fickle in his love affair with B * A, discovering that his friend, A-2, is cruelly fickle in his love affair with B, takes him to task for it **
A, in order to arouse the jealousy of his friend, A-2. and cure him of fickleness in love, pretends to be in love with B, A-2’s sweetheart
295
A is in love with B; and he sues F-B, father of B, for damages sustained in a certain proceeding
A, in love with B, and disapproved of by F-B, father of B, is forcibly ejected from the home of B by F-B. A brings suit for damages against F-B
296
A tells B, with whom he is in love, that he has killed A-3 * A tells B, the woman he loves, that he has killed A-3. and asks her to call the police **
297
A is the presiding magistrate at the trial for murder of B 10c 14a 27, the woman he loves
298
A, an eligible young man, is mystified by discovering in a newspaper the announcement of his betrothal to BX, a woman he does not know
A is left a fortune by a deceased relative provided he will marry BX, a woman he does not know
A is appealed to for aid by BX, a woman he does not know * A, appealed to for aid by a stranger, BX, refuses aid, and regrets the refusal when BX mysteriously disappears. A considers himself under an obligation to find BX
299
A is in love with B; but F-B, father 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 F-B, father 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 he marries B, the woman he 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 woman who knows nothing of her 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 her father, F-B, when she 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 her rosy views of love and marriage when she discovers, through A, the selfishness of men
308
B is locked in her room by her father, F-B, in order to prevent her from meeting her lover, A, and telling him of her love
B sends a letter to her sweetheart, A, but it is intercepted by B’s father, F-B, who does not approve of A
B sends a gift to A, the man she loves * Unknown to B, AU-B, an aunt 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 her engagement to marry A because she feels unequal to the responsibilities of married life
311
B’s parents, F-B and M-B, disapprove of A, B’s lover, because of his lack of enterprise
312
B’s love for A encounters obstacles because: [1] Either B’s father, F-B, or mother, M-B, knows a secret supposedly infamous regarding A 98 ch B to B-8 918a; [2] M-B and F-B are jealous of B and do not want her to marry any one 286 299; [3] B is the sole support of M-B and F-B 992 1032; or [4] B has a career before her 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 F-B, father of B ; but F-B, false to his promise, compels B to marry A-3, a wealthier man than A
314
A, in love with B and about to marry her, 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 her at all **
315
A’s love is rejected by B; and A, in an effort to forget, buries himself in an isolated part of the country
316
A, when B fails to keep a tryst with him. considers the failure a rejection of love
317
A is in love with B, but B proves false to him
318
A sees in a newspaper the announcement of the engagement of B, the woman he loves, to A-3
319
A, in love with B, secretly discovers that B is about to marry his friend, A-2
320
A, in love with B, thinks B is a confirmed coquette, and is merely playing with him
321
A tries philosophically to make the best of fate when B, the woman he loves, refuses him
A falls in love with B and intends to marry her. A’s parents, F-A and M-A, do not approve of B, and A is shipped off to South Africa to get him out of danger and give him a chance to do some serious thinking
322
A, in love with B, finds her unresponsive, reserved and distant
A’s love is rejected by B because, as she frankly tells him. he is hard-hearted and has made money his god * B advises A to go away somewhere and try to develop the generous side of his character **
323
B, of alien blood and inferior race, is abandoned by A, a white man with whom she is in love
324
B loses the love of A when B-3 comes into his life
325
B, suffering disappointment in love, resigns herself philosophically to her fate
326
B loves A with all her heart but refuses his proposal of marriage because [1] she is so much older than A 37 124; [2] she discovers that A does not love her 142 162a; [3] she considers A an impractical dreamer 958 136b; [4] she feels herself under a compelling obligation
327
B loves A, but A, apparently, does not return her love
B loves A; and A, who is kind to B but not in love with her, does not even suspect that he is the object of her 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 her of faithlessness
329
A falls in love with B in spite of the fact that his friend, A-2, has warned him against her
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 father, F-A, disapproves of B, A’s sweetheart * B, by secret enterprise 241, proves her charm and worth to A’s father, F-A, and he withdraws his objections to her 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 woman, challenges racial conventions by falling in love with A 687 689, a white man
332
B, of alien blood and inferior race, seeks to marry A, the Caucasian with whom she is in love
(7) Becoming Involved in a Love Affair that Encounters Unforeseen Obstacles
333
A makes a gift to B, the woman he 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 his first wife. B’s parents, F-B and M-B, have religious scruples against B’s marrying a divorced man
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 she intends to kill herself at the altar steps before A-3 can claim her for a bride
B believed that her lover, A, was what he seemed to be, poor and humble; but he reveals himself as a man of wealth and station, incognito. * B, who considered A poor and humble, discovers that he is a man of wealth and station; and, oddly enough, in B’s mind A’s deception outbalances the wealth and rank, and she makes his high estate an obstacle to their love
B, a white woman, is in love with A, also white. B-3, a woman 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 he leaves B for B-3, a woman who flatters his vanity
A, engaged to marry B-3, abandons her and marries B * B-3 sues A for breach of promise **
338
A is told by B-7, a maid in the home of B, A’s sweetheart, that B has informed the police of A’s criminal operations 1192 1194, and that he is an ex-convict
339
B, supposing A, the man she loves, to be dead, yields to the wishes of her parents, F-B and M-B, and consents to a marriage with A-3
340
B, who loves A and is beloved by him, loses him to B-3 through the wily strategy of B-3
341
B’s mother, M-B, is determined that B shall marry wealth; so, rejecting the man she loves, who is poor, to marry the man she 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 her lover into desperate danger, drains the bitter cup of remorse **
343
A is estranged from B, the woman he loves, because of a difference of opinion over a trivial matter * A discovers B was right, acknowledges his error, achieves a reconciliation, and presently they are married **
344
A is estranged from his sweetheart, B, and B refuses to return money A had given her to save for him * A falls into misfortune 601 604; and his sweetheart B, from whom he is estranged returns money she has been saving for him, effects a reconciliation, and their marriage follows **
345
A, his 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 she rejected A’s love, goes searching for him, finds him, and is informed by him that he is presently to marry B **
346
B, of an inferior race, rescues A, of a superior race, and falls in love with him. A is engaged to marry B-3, a girl of his own people * A, telling B of an inferior race who is in love with him, that he is going away but will soon return, never returns, but marries B 3, a girl of his 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 woman whom he loves dearly * A’s enemy, A-3, as a means of persecution, by subtlity 348 compels A to marry B **
A is compelled by F-B, father of B, to marry B * F-B believes he 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 his 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 F-B, father 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 his life ** F-B approves of A, and he marries B ***
351
A kidnaps his sweetheart, B, 284 300 while she is on her way to marry A-3, A’s rival in love, and marries her himself
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 F-B, father of B, the girl he 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 F-B has not favored *** F-B approves of A, and A and B are married ****
A rescues B, the woman he loves, from a villainous rival in love, A-3 154b. A marries B
353
A is supposed by B’s parents, F-B and M-B, to be A-2, to whom B is betrothed * A elopes with B and marries her; A then returns B to F-B and M-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 she reaches a certain age if she 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 her lover, A, deliberately suffers defeat—because it has been agreed that she shall marry A if he wins
356
B could easily win a contest, but she deliberately allows herself to be defeated, thereby losing wealth, but winning in marriage poor A, the man she loves
357
B, knowing that her sweetheart, A, believes her to have perished in a tragic accident discovers by secret enterprise 82a 87 that A has remained true to her 497 ch “wife” to “sweetheart” reveals her identity and they marry
358
B, a working girl, discovers that her lover, A, is wealthy and only pretending to be a toiler * B pretends to be wealthy, and merely masquerading as a shop girl ** In order to win B, A is compelled to confess his true rank and station *** B, having given A a Roland for his Oliver, reveals to A her 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 his love rejected by B, receives a letter from B telling him how much she loves him, and that her father, F-B, has consented to their marriage
A loves B, but he is uncertain of her affections and is too timid to propose marriage * A finds an object, X, which B has lost, an object that proves her love for him 165 ** A joyfully proposes to B and is accepted ***
361
A proves false to B, the woman he loves, and has a disastrous affair with B-3 * B-3 abandons A after he loses his 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 his youth * A, middle-aged, goes searching for B, the sweetheart of his earlier years ** 205 A finds B patiently waiting for him, 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 F-B, father of B, the girl he loves, when F-B withdraws his objections to A as a son-in-law and allows him to marry B
364
B, a white woman, contemplates suicide when a mystery of her 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 him, after various misadventures 82a 89 discovers that A still loves her * A reconciliation is effected, and they marry **
A, with a taint of inferior blood in his veins, is in love with B, supposedly a white girl. He is about to give B up when he 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 he has rehabilitated his character, he 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 woman, BX, by an insane clergyman, A-8, at the point of a gun
A marries BX, a woman he does not know * A and BX, husband and wife, go their different ways immediately after the marriage ceremony **
366
A refuses an inheritance because of a restriction that he must not marry; then he marries B
367
B offers to marry A and, as his wife, help him to rebuild his wasted life
B doubts A when he tells her he loves her; then, having convinced herself of A’s love 97 116, B accepts A and they are married
368
B, having rejected A, the man she loves, because of an obligation she feels herself under to her father, F-B, is informed by F-B that he is going to be married—and B finds herself turned out on the world
B marries wealthy A, a man she does not love, in order that she may have money with which to help a parent who is in desperate need
B accepts her 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 her birth and parentage revealed to her by A. A rich estate awaits B’s claim and proof of parentage * A, in love with B, is poor and feels that he 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 wife, B, is killed in an accident, and A is free to marry B-3, whom he 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, husband of B, loves B devotedly, but he is so constituted that he never shows his true feelings and often masks them with something that suggests their exact opposite * B mourns over the mistaken belief that she has lost A’s love **
371
A is suspected of having murdered 416 417 his wife, 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 his wife, B, although B thoughtlessly treats him as mentally inferior
376
A, husband of B, holds B in subjection * A is a religious fanatic who makes B miserable with his petty domination **
377
A divorces his wife, B * B is devoted to A, and he owes much of his prosperity to her loyalty and shrewd advice **
A marries B, thinking she is wealthy; after marriage, he 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 man *** B, just divorced by A, falls heir to a large estate ****
378
A, marrying a widow, B, discovers that he 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 his wife, B
380
A is jealous of his wife, B * A embarks upon an ill-considered enterprise of gambling and loses money that is not his to lose ** A gambles with A-3, the man with whom A believes his wife has an “affair” ***
381
A finds a note 561 562 582 tr B & A, somewhat ambiguously worded, which leads him to a wrong conclusion regarding the conduct of his wife, B * A is fired to seek revenge **
382
A, in order to restore to B, without a confession of culpability, wealth of which he has secretly defrauded her, marries her * Then he falls in love with B-3 **
383
A’s wife, B, has a birthmark which mars her beauty * Influenced by the thought, A grows discontented, and his love begins to wane **
384
A and B, married, live with A’s mother. M-A * B quarrels with M-A, and with A on account of M-A **
385
A and his wife, 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 his deceased wife, B, for a bundle of love letters which B-2 had given to B for safe-keeping * A, husband 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 his devoted, loving wife, B, to take up with B-3, a woman who flatters his vanity * B-3 is wealthy, but shallow; and A, in following her advice, fails miserably in all his undertakings **
387
A presents his wife, B, with a gift as a testimonial of his love * 1333a A finds B dead, slain by the gift he had presented to her **
388
A divorces B, then seeks a second marriage with her * B’s health was declining and beauty fading when A secured his divorce from her ** B, her health restored, considers heself well rid of A ***
389
A, thinking his first wife is dead 49 400 486a, marries again and has children by his second wife * A learns that his first wife was living at the time of his second marriage, but that she has died since his second marriage ** This invalidates the second marriage *** A seeks to make a new will and go through another marriage ceremony with his second wife, but is killed in an accident on his way to his 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 wife *****
390
A, through accident 711b loses an object, X, belonging to his friend, A-2, at the door of a woman 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 wife with a note stating where it was found 478 ** A-2, falsely suspected of transgression, finds himself 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 his loving wife, B * A has a foolish escapade with B-3 386 540, whereby his eyes are opened to his error and folly ** A, enlightened and transformed by the revelation of his error, returns humbly to his wife, B ***
392
A believes he sees the apparition of his dead wife, B * A struggles to overtake the fleeing apparition of B, falls from a cliff and meets his death **
393
A, married to B, is haunted by memories of a former sweetheart, B-3 * Because of his memories, A’s married happiness is not what it should be ** A finds B-3, his love of other days, and discovers that her beauty and charm have faded 244 ch B to B-3 211 ch B to B-3 A knows at once that his emancipation from the. evil influence of B-3 is complete, and he returns to B a better and a wiser man ***
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 him, and learns how A is merely seeking home comforts denied him by B ** 417 478 B, realizing suddenly the injustice her 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 wife, B, proves herself a termagant, and quarrels are frequent **
396
A learns that his wife, B, has been true to him * A-3, the man 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 herself neglected by her husband, A * A-3, the “other man,” appears and, by flattering married B, and sympathizing with her, causes her to imagine she is in love with him **
B fancies herself neglected by her husband, A * B, in order to win back her husband, A’s, love by arousing his jealousy, flirts with A-3 **
399
B is the sensible, devoted wife of A * A is the victim of egotistical self-deception ** A, advised wisely by B, thinks B is jealous of his great abilities *** An estrangement results ****
400
B deserts her husband, A, for another man, A-3 * B, deserting her husband, A, for A-3, discovers that A-3 is in love with another married woman **
401
B’s husband, A, has failed to return home and B is worried about him * B, thinking her husband A is in danger, plunges into danger herself on the chance of finding him and helping him **
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 man she has married ***
403
B’s husband, A, is brutal and tyrannical * Goaded beyond her powers of endurance, B puts poison in a glass and gives it to A ** B, giving her husband, 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 man she loves and from whom she became estranged
405
B is the second wife of A, a widower * A, thinking he has been disloyal to his first wife, B-3, makes B unhappy by his brooding **
406
B, just married to A, tells A she does not love him * B informs her husband, A, that she married him from pique and because A-3, the man she loves, married B-3 **
407
B is flogged by her husband, A, for a transgression 445a -* 483b 553 381 -* she did not commit
408
B, wife 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, wife of A, informs A that she is in love with A-3
410
B has committed a secret transgression in order to help her husband, A * B finds herself in the toils of A-5 **
411
B, happily married to A, commits an indiscretion
B, wife of A, secretly borrows money from her old lover, A-3, for a certain purpose * A-3 seeks to use his power over B to advance his own selfish aims **
412
B, wife of A, is annoyed by the little mannerisms of A: The crook of his elbow as he lifts a cup or glass, his endless repetition of what he considers humorous stories, his old carpet slippers, his habit of snoring when he takes his afternoon nap, etc. These trifling banalities so work on B’s nerves that bitter quarrels result
413
B marries A, a man much older than herself * B does not love A but thought when she married him that he would help her realize her consuming ambition ** B’s great desire is to become an actress *** A, husband of B, proves a brutal tyrant and gives B nothing but harsh and inconsiderate treatment ****
414
B, wife of A, admires the personal independence of B-2 and would pattern after her * A has no admiration at all for B-2 and her ways **
415
B learns that her supposed legal marriage to A was a farce * B is abandoned by A and left penniless and alone **
416
B, wife of A, dies as the result of an enterprise undertaken for her supposed benefit
417
B, while too severely reprimanding her husband, A, bursts a blood vessel and expires
418
B, married, quarrels with her husband, A, and runs away from home in an attempt to find peace and contentment * B has an experience with A-3 which proves to her that running away from, her husband, A, was a mistake **
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
419
A must have his abilities recognized by his wife, 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 his absence will cause B to discover his business worth **
420
A lives unhappily with his wife, B * A’s marital discontent prompts him to reckless and questionable adventures **
421
A marries B in order to emancipate himself 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, he had stolen from her **
A has married B for her money * A, having secured B’s money, grows tired of her ** A tells B he is a criminal, and will presently be arrested by the police *** A induces B to enter into a suicide pact with him **** B, carrying out a suicide pact with A, kills herself; A does not kill himself, but craftily explains that B commited suicide *****
423
A and B, man and wife, each secretly leaves home on the same day * A believes he has deserted B, and B believes she has deserted A **
A and B, man and wife, 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 his wife, B, who is also an artist * A tells B he is “realizing money on his art” **
425
A has a son by his white wife, B. B dies * A, while traveling abroad 917, marries B-3, a woman of inferior race 347a ch B to B-3 901 ch B to B-3, abandons her and returns to his own country ** This secret A craftily keeps from his son, SN-A ***
426
A, married to B and desiring his freedom, resorts to craftiness * A persuades his 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. He does this unknown to B * A secretly retires to his bachelor apartments and lives a hermitlike existence **
428
A and his wife, 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 his 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, husband of B, is heavily in debt * A disappears mysteriously **
431
A, wealthy and desiring to be poor, has married B in order that she may spend his money
432
A, married to B, seeks by secret enterprise to effect a change in unpleasant marital conditions
A’s wife, B, is a mystery woman * A does not know B, and has not seen her since the day of their romantic marriage **
433
A’s enemy, A-3, who wronged A grievously, is dead * A seeks to revenge himself upon B, the wife of A-3, for a grievous wrong committed by A-3 **
A’s wife, B, is loved by A-3 * A-3 seeks craftily to win B, the wife of A **
434
A’s wife, B, seems to have an “affair” with another man, A-3 * A is manoeuvered by A-3 into gambling with money not his own, and losing it **
A is craftily manoeuvered into misfortune by A-3 * A, in the power of A-3, is compelled to divorce his wife, B **
435
A marries B, a woman who, unknown to A, is already married to A-3, a husband who is living and undivorced * A-2, a friend of A’s, sends A-3 to A, B’s second husband, and exposure of deceitful B follows **
A’s wife, B, is untrue to him, a fact of which A is in ignorance. A-2 discovers B’s unfaithfulness, and informs A, who is on his death bed obstinately refusing treatment that would heal him * A, desperately ill, fired by tales of his wife, B’s, unfaithfulness, makes up his mind to live and takes treatment that cures him **
436
A, husband of B, a very beautiful woman, persuades B to pretend that she is his sister * A fears that he will be killed by some admirer of his wife, B, so that the admirer may marry B **
437
A, married to B, loses his identity * A assumes a fictitious identity and marries B-3 **
438
A seeks to achieve the refinement of cruelty in persecuting his wife, B * A secretly and mysteriously sequestrates himself and fosters the deception that he is dead **
439
B’s friend, A-3, seeks to save her from persecution at the hands of her brutal husband, A * B’s friend, A-3, forces a quarrel on B’s brutal husband, A, hoping A will kill him, thus entangling himself with the law and freeing B of his tyranny. A-3 accomplishes his heroic sacrifice **
440
A is impelled by an unusual motive to marry B, a woman he does not love * A succeeds by a stratagem in leaving his unloved wife, B 1204 ch B to A & B-8 to A-8 952 and, under a fictitious name, marries B-3, the woman he loves **
441
B, wife of A, is a drug addict * B keeps her husband, A, in ignorance of the fact that she is a drug addict **
442
B is forbidden by her husband, A, to do a certain thing * B, ordered by her husband, A, not to do a certain thing, does it anyway, during A’s absence from home **
443
B’s husband, A, leaves for town, as he 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 him ***
444
B elopes with A-3, who has artfully inspired doubts of her husband, A’s
445
B, wife of A, is mistakenly supposed by A to have an “affair” with A-3 * B, wife of A, detests A-3. but calls on him at his apartment at night 483b 583b ** B forces A-3, at the revolver point, to return to her money which he has taken craftily from A ***
B, wife of A, seeks desperately to escape disaster * B drinks a potion which throws her into a condition resembling death, having been assured that A will appear and rescue her when she revives **
446
B, wife of A, is guilty of an indiscretion * B, in order to escape consequences of personal culpability, falsely accuses innocent A-2 **
B, wife of A, calls on her lover, A-2 * A calls on his friend, A-2 ** A-2 conceals B so A will not see her *** A discovers his wife, B, concealed in the apartment of his his friend, A-2 ****
447
B, in her extreme youth, was lured into marriage with a criminal, A-5 * A-5 a criminal, is killed, and B, his widow, leaves home and goes to a distant country ** B marries A 20a, c 24a, b. a man of wealth and high social standing, and keeps her black past a close secret ***
448
B kills her husband, A, in order to prevent A from revealing an evil secret
449
B is happily married to A * B, wife 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, her husband who is poor, in order that she 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 herself from fear of her husband, A
453
B believes she has killed her husband, A * B seeks to save herself from the consequences of transgression by taking to flight **
454
B’s husband, A, married her under false pretenses * B seeks by secret enterprise to be revenged upon her husband, A **
455
B secretly disposes of a dearly prized possession in order to buy her husband, A, a Christmas (or birthday or wedding anniversary) present
B, and her husband, A, have fallen upon evil days * B, in order to “keep the wolf from the door,” finds work in a laundry, but tells A she is working as an “art director” **
456
B bears a close physical resemblance to B-8 * B marries A. B has property in her own name which, by a marriage settlement, is to descend to A if he 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 husband or wife 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 his wife, B, a source of danger to himself, seeks to avoid the danger by a stratagem **
459
A, husband of B, is cruel and tyrannical * A seeks craftily to kill A-3, an unmarried man with whom B is in love **
460
A is estranged from his wife, B, whom he dearly loves * A flees to a distant part of the country and tries to bear his hard lot with fortitude **
461
A is deeply in love with his wife, B * A faces failure in business 4913 606 631 747 —a failure which, he knows, will bring disaster to his married happiness **
462
A is unhappy with his wife, B * A seeks with firmness to achieve cherished ambitions **
463
A revolts against the injustice he is compelled to suffer at the hands of his beloved wife, 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 wife, B, all by secret enterprise
466
B is married to A and they have one child, CH * B loves CH but she does not love A ** B loves A-3, and elopes with him, leaving her child, CH, with her husband, A ***
B, young wife of elderly A, has an intrigue with a servant of A’s, A-7 * A is ill and about to die; B, his wife, could save him, but she will not **
467
B has seen her husband, A, secretly as he 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 her husband, A * B, attempting to poison her husband, A, mistakes a bottle of harmless white powder for the poison and gives A some of its contents **
469
B, seeking to aid her husband, A, by secret enterprise, finds poverty a bar
470
B seeks to escape from her tyrannical husband, A, by running away
(14) Falling into Misfortune through the Wiles of a Crafty Schemer
471
A, after his marriage to B, discovers that B, who had professed to be single, was a married woman and neither divorced nor widowed
472
A, married to B, has not been divorced from a former wife, B-3 * A discovers that B has married another man, A-3 **
473
A becomes the second husband of B, whose first husband, A-3, had mysteriously disappeared and was supposed to be dead * After A and B are married, B’s first husband, A-3. appears secretly to A **
474
A’s wife, 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 himself under a weird psychic spell because of a birthmark on the face of his wife, B * B craftily gives a birthmark a peculiar significance, and holds A under its power **
476
B, wife of A, is craftily persuaded by A-3, the “other man” in a “love triangle,” to elope with him
B, wife of A, finds herself in the power of an old lover, A-3 * A-3 threatens to reveal to B’s husband, A, a fateful secret 441 447 455b 492b unless B will agree to a certain proposition A makes to her **
477
B, wife of A, persuades A-2, a friend of A’s, to elope with her
478
B falsely accuses her husband, A, of transgression
479
B suffers betrayal at the hands of A, her husband by a secret marriage * B is accidentally killed by a series of manoeuvers set in motion by her husband, A **
480
B, wife 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 he does not send the doctor **
481
B is abandoned by A, her husband by a secret marriage * B is unable to prove her secret marriage to A; the marriage records disappear and the priest who performed the ceremony dies **
482
B, wife of A, sees happiness and beauty in everything and evil in nothing until A accuses her of causing his downfall 539a 542 * B’s bright outlook on life changes to one of darkness and despair when she is falsely accused of evil by her husband, A **
483
B, wife of A, falls into misfortune * A-3, a man of evil character, seeks by violence and while intoxicated, to dishonor B, wife of A **
B, wife of A, is by subtlity made a prisoner by A-3, a rejected lover, in his apartment
(22) Following a Wrong Course through Mistaken Judgment
484
A and B, man and wife, 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 his extravagant wife, B, whom he idolizes * A, facing ruin, seeks to save himself by committing a transgression **
485
A, husband 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 he is known in two different communities, two circles of acquaintances, and practices two professions
487
A is estranged from his wife, B * A, estranged from his wife, 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 he thinks she is poor * A discovers, after his marriage with B, that she is wealthy in her own right **
A marries B, a woman he does not love * A has committed a transgression 1290a 1301 1304; B knows of the transgression, and A marries her in order to safeguard his evil secret **
489
A begins divorce proceedings against his wife, B * A seeks to divorce B, thinking to find happiness in a new love **
490
A and B, man and wife, 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, man and wife, 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 son has been born to them ** A-2 writes A and B that he is coming to see their child; and A and B find it necessary to resort to further simulation ***
491
B is the wife of A, and loves him devotedly * B insists on dominating A in business affairs **
B, wife of A, insists on living beyond her husband’s means * B, through fooiish extravagance, brings A close to ruin **
492
B’s husband, A, loves her devotedly * A is of a parsimonious nature and gives B little money **
B’s husband, A, is a poor man * B loves jewels and fine clothes which her husband, A, is unable to give her ** B is persuaded to accept a valuable piece of jewelry from an old admirer, A-3 *** B tells A, her husband, that a valuable piece of jewelry, given her by A-3, is set with imitation stones and that she bought it for herself ****
493
B’s husband, A, is affectionate and kindly and puts on his “Sunday manners” in company; but when he and B are alone, he is cross-grained, petty and tryannical
494
B, wife of A, is shallow, foolish and faithless * B, married to A, flirts with an unmarried man, A-3 **
495
B, wife of A, falls in love with young and reckless A-3
(15) Finding a Sustaining Power in Misfortune
496
A falls ill * A’s wife, B, from whom he is seeking a divorce, nurses him back to health **
A’s wife, B, deserts him and obtains a divorce * A falls ill. B-3, who loved A before he married B, nurses A back to health **
A, hen-pecked husband of B, discovers that B has an undivorced husband, A-3, living * A secretly abandons B and leaves her to A-3. B’s undivorced former husband **
497
A has recently lost his wife, B * A finds his memories of his deceased wife, B, an inspiration and a sustaining power **
498
A seeks to find his deceased wife, B * A believes that his deceased wife, B, has returned to earth to comfort him **
499
A and B, husband and wife, 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 his wife, B, but B does not love him * A wins the love of his wife, B, by patience, forbearance, kindliness and devotion **
500
A is seeking a divorce from B * A becomes reconciled with B when she nurses him through a serious illness **
A, failing in business and almost a bankrupt, nevertheless marries B, a shrewd and thrifty woman * B so reorganizes and manages A’s affairs that he 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 him home ** A learns that a child, CH. has been born during his absence. Result, reconciliation with B, and happiness ***
502
B supposes that her husband, A, is dead * B reads in a newspaper that her husband, A, whom she had supposed dead, is alive **
503
B’s husband, A, is brutal and tyrannical * B, married to brutal and tyrannical A, loves and is beloved by, A-3 **
B discovers that her husband, A, is seeking the life of her lover, A-3 * B seeks desperately to save her lover, A-3, from the vengeance of her husband, A **
504
B seeks to win her husband, A, to a certain enterprise * B, with the help of the elements during a devastating storm, succeeds in winning her husband, A, to an enterprise long cherished by B **
B is the second wife of A * A’s sorrow for his deceased wife, B-3, causes B, his second wife, much unhappiness ** B, second wife of A, discovers that B-3, A’s first wife, was unfaithful ***
505
B, wife of A, suffers a critical illness at childbirth and her character is completely transformed * B lives for her children, gives all to them, and loses her moody despondency ** B loyally helps her husband, A, recoup his financial losses ***
506
B thinks her husband, A, has committed a moral transgression 563a * B discovers through a friend, B-2, that the moral transgression of which she has accused her husband, A, was never committed **
B, through false suspicion, is estranged from her husband, A * B becomes reconciled with her husband, A, when a suspicion is proved to be false **
507
B is eloping with A-3, the man who destroyed her faith in her husband, A * B, wife 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 her child, CH, left with her husband, A, when she deserted him, draws her back to CH and A **
(39) Forsaking Cherished Ambitions in order to Carry out an Obligation
508
A finds his marriage to B a bar to his contentment
509
A finds his marriage to B a hindrance in his love affair with B-3
510
A is unhappy in his married life with B * A, unhappily married to B, proves true to his obligation to run a charted course as a family man, even though he must sacrifice cherished ambitions **
511
A, married to B, finds the necessity of supporting his wife 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 his heart of hearts dreams of knightly exploits and chivalrous adventures, himself the star of each performance **
514
B, married to A, her second husband, finds her domestic happiness imperiled by the obligation to care for CH, a child by her first husband
515
B, wife of A, forsakes cherished ambitions in order to carry out the desire of A that she bear him a son * B dies in childbirth **
516
B deliberately sacrifices her life at the hands of her husband, A, in order to save their son, 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, husband 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 his wealth and influence in carrying out an iniquitous project. His wife, B, seeks in vain to persuade him against it **
518
A and B are married, and A’s mother, M-A, lives with them * A and B quarrel regarding M-A, and A is forced to choose between M-A and B **
519
A learns that his wife, B, is in terrible danger * A, if he leaves his post of duty to save his wife, B, who is in terrible Hanger, will sacrifice lives and property he is in duty bound to safeguard **
A, over the phone, receives an agonized call from his wife, 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 man’s wife ** A’s obligation to save himself, is opposed by an obligation to protect B-3, another man’s wife ***
(41) Finding an Obligation at Variance with Ambition, Inclination or Necessity
521
A, B’s husband, pretends to be innocent of a transgression, but B knows he is guilty
522
A is unable to find a job and support his wife, B * A and his wife, B, find themselves face to face with starvation **
523
A, because of extreme poverty, finds it impossible to remember his wife, B, with a Christmas present (or a gift on her birthday, or on their wedding anniversary)
524
A, husband of B, has a dangerously reckless passion for gambling in stocks * A, husband of B, is a lawyer with trust funds in his possession; and B fears that he will be tempted to use the trust funds for gambling purposes **
A, elderly husband 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, his wife, upholds him in his 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 his deceased wife. B, which he considers sacred
527
A seeks to be loyal to his wife, B * B, wife of A, is of alien blood and inferior race **
528
A is the husband of worthy B, whom he does not love * A, married to B, whom he does not love, is haunted by memories of a former sweetheart, B-3, whom he still loves **
529
A, deeply in love with his wife, B, is made defendant in divorce proceedings started by B
A dominates his wife, B, a nagger and a scold, by petty tyrannies that are more masterful than any B has at her command * B, when properly subdued by her husband, A’s, pretended tyrannies, finds A gentle, kindly and considerate ** A, by being cruel in order to be kind, insures the married happiness of himself and B ***
530
B, wife of A, refuses to live with A in a house beside which there is a mysterious grave
531
B, wife of A, is compelled to live with A’s mother, M-A * B finds the conditions of her married life with A unpleasant **
532
B must have money in order to save her husband, A * A, husband of B, is desperately ill, and will die unless he can have a change of climate **
B’s long, beautiful tresses are greatly admired by her husband, A * B, in order finance a certain enterprise involving her husband, A, sells her long hair **
533
B, A’s tyrannical wife, goes out for the evening and orders A not to leave the house while she is away
534
B is forbidden by her husband, A, to engage in a certain enterprise * B engages in a certain enterprise which her husband, A, condemns and forbids her taking part in 442 449 *-** 452 ** B, engaging in an enterprise forbidden by her husband, 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, wife of A, saves A-3, a supposed transgressor, from the law by a public confession of her delinquency * A, because of his great love for his wife, B, forgives her delinquency and glories in her moral courage in making a confession of it **
536
B, married to A, is about to elope with A-3 * B, wife 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 man, AX, who broke up a home by eloping with a friend’s wife and then abandoning her. A-2 has recognized A-3 and, in order to save B, tells this story about him, hiding A-3’s identity under a fictitious name. But it is enough, A-3 sneaks away, and B never sees him again **
(29) Aiding Another to Hide from the World a Fateful Secret
537
A’s wife, B, is murdered at a certain hour of the night * A is suspected of having murdered his wife, 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 woman of spotless reputation and happily married **
(23) Becoming Involved in a Complication that has to do with Mistaken Judgment and Suspicion
538
A, husband of B, enroute to his 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 his wife, B, is missing ** A mistakenly supposes that his wife, B, has eloped with A-3 ***
539
A, husband of B, is the victim of egotistical self-deception and thinks himself a great man * A believes that he is prevented from becoming famous by the jealousy of his wife, B **
A reads in a newspaper that his wife, B, has divorced him * B divorces A on the grounds of desertion **
540
A, husband of B, vanishes mysteriously * A, husband of B, and B-3, both vanish mysteriously at the same time ** Gossip has it that A, husband of B, has eloped with B-3 ***
541
A, whenever he attempts to have X, a certain object of mystery, explained to him, meets with misfortune * A, showing X, a mysterious object of mystery, to his wife. B, is astounded when B, without explanation, begins divorce proceedings
542
A labors under the mistaken belief that the altruism of his wife, B, is prompted by selfish motives
543
B, wife of A, is jealous of the attentions A gives his mother, M-A * B has a mistaken idea that her husband’s mother, M-A, is trying to interfere between her and A
544
B labors under the mistaken belief that her husband, A, receives all the praise for her own kindly acts
(11) Confronting a Situation in which Courage and Devotion Alone can save the Fortunes of One Beloved
545
B’s husband, A, fails to return home. A blizzard is raging, and B fears that A has suffered misfortune in the storm * B meets her death while searching vainly in a storm for her husband, A **
546
B, wife of A, during A’s absence, sees destruction threatening A’s life work * B, at the cost of her own life, heroically saves from destruction the life work of her husband, A **
B, homely, marries a blind man, A, who thinks her surpassingly beautiful * B hires a noted eye-specialist to perform an operation on the eyes of her blind husband, A. whereby A’s sight is restored **
(12) Falling into Misfortune through Disloyalty in Love
547
A dearly loves his wife, B; and her love, which he does not possess, is necessary to his happiness
548
A, married to B, suffers a memory lapse and marries B-3 * A, husband of B, suffers an attack of amnesia and marries B-3; his memory returns, and he forgets B-3 and goes back to B **
A is a bigamist; and his two wives, B and B-3, meet by chance and compare notes
549
A is married to B, and his ideal is faithfulness * A’s wife, B, elopes with his friend, A-2, a man 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 his wife, B, is the mother of A-2’s son, CH
552
A, husband of B, discovers that B is unfaithful
A finds a bundle of love letters in a locked drawer of his wife, B’s, desk—letters written after B’s marriage to him, but not by him * A, discovering that his wife, B, is unfaithful, strangles her while she sleeps **
553
A believes that his wife, B, is in love with A-3
554
A secretly discovers that his wife, B, has an affair with A-3
555
A abandons his loving, devoted wife, B, to elope with B-3, a younger and prettier woman * A, abandoning his wife, 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 girl much younger than himself * 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, husband of B, is killed in an accident while on the way to elope with B-3 **
557
B’s husband, 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, wife of A, elopes with A’s friend, A-2 * B, wife 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, wife 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 husband of B, is a huge man and as powerful and determined as he is brutal; and A-3, who would save B from A, is a coward **
559
B’s husband, A, is a tyrannical, churlish person whose dislike for his attractive wife inspires in his small mind a desire to persecute her * B, wife of brutal and tyrannical A, is loved by A-3. B, although she 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 his deceased wife, B, is entangled with truth * A hears the voice of his deceased wife, B, and there seems absolutely no doubt that it is her voice **
561
A, husband of B, receives anonymous communications regarding B and A-3
562
A, husband of B, receives each morning a mysterious communication regarding B 1383 1397 * A finds an anonymous communication regarding his wife, B, on a sheet of paper in his typewriter 1381 1389a ** A receives through the mails, “poison pen” letters 564b -* regarding his wife, B ***
(37) Seeking Against Difficulties to Realize a Cherished Ideal
563
A, estranged from his wife, B, whom he dearly loves, seeks a reconciliation
A marries B, a beautiful woman notorious for her vicious temper and scorpion tongue * A is deeply in love with his wife, B, a virago, and plans to transform her nature by a method of his own **
A and B, man and wife, deplore the insincerity and the mercenary spirit of modern city life * A and B, man and wife, leave the city and search in the country for their ideal of what life should be ** A and B, man and wife, discover that they are searching for an ideal that does not exist ***
564
B, young and attractive, has recently lost her husband, A * B, a young and attractive widow, resolves to remain faithful to the memory of her deceased husband, A, and never marry again **
B, wishing to be free of her husband, A, writes anonymous “poison pen” letters regarding herself, and sends them to A * B writes anonymous “poison pen” letters regarding her husband, A, and sends them to herself **
565
B cherishes a dear desire that her husband, A, shall become religiously inclined
566
B seeks to aid her husband, A, who is morose and discontented
B, fearing her husband, A, will commit a transgression, pretends herself to commit a transgression * B pretends to be a shoplifter, but has honestly purchased the goods which her horrified husband, A, finds in her possession **
(46) Seeking Retaliation for a Grievous Wrong that is Either Real or Fancied
567
A’s wife, B, is dishonored (and slain?) by A-3 * A’s wife. B, is dishonored and slain, during the war, by an enemy officer, A-3 ** A seeks to find A-3 and be revenged on him for a grievous wrong committed against A’s wife, B ***
568
A, married to B, discovers the unfaithfulness of B * A, discovering that his wife, B, is unfaithful, kills her and himself **
A seeks craftily to be revenged upon his wife, B, for falling in love with A-3, the man who has befriended her
A, husband of B, discovers the unfaithfulness of B * A kills A-3, the lover of his wife, B **
A, husband of B, attempts to kill B s lover, A-3 * A-3. murderously assaulted by A, husband of B, slays him in self-defense **
569
B’s husband, A, is killed by A-5 * B’s husband, 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 her husband, A ***
570
B is the daughter of A and step-daughter of A’s wife, SM-B * B seeks revenge upon her step-mother, SM-B, because she thinks SM-B has stolen the affections of her father, A, away from her **
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in which Misfortune is Indicated
571
A, mysteriously missing, returns to his home and his wife, B, in a dazed condition, unable to give any explanations
572
A, husband of B, mysteriously disappears * B’s husband, A, mysteriously disappears, and B mourns for him as dead **
573
A and B, for certain reasons, keep their marriage a close secret * B’s father, F-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 his wife, B, married to A-3 * A, discovering that his wife, B, dearly loves A-3, whom she has married thinking A to be dead, secretly goes away and takes himself out of her life **
574
A, a toiler, seeks to support his wife, B, and family by honest enterprise; but he is out of work, his wife is ill and his family in need
A, husband of B, is in dire financial straits * A, and his wife, B, are compelled to live with A’s mother, M-A, and avail themselves of her slender resources **
575
A becomes aware of the impending death of his wife, B
576
A suffers overwhelming sorrow because of the death of his wife, B * A’s sorrow over the death of his wife, B, culminates in hallucination **
A, mistakenly supposing his beloved wife, B, is dead, kills himself * B, discovering that her husband, A, is dead, commits suicide **
577
A suffers remorse and overwhelming sorrow—remorse for broken vows, and sorrow because of the death of his dearly beloved wife, B * A, goaded by sorrow for the death of his wife, B, goes into seclusion **
578
A, because of the death of his wife, B, suffers great sorrow and undergoes a character transformation
A’s wife, B, dies. B, A’s wife, on her death bed, has A promise that he will marry B-3, B’s best friend * B-3 loved A before he married B **
579
B is convinced that all the misfortunes of herself and her husband, A, are due to A’s irreligious nature
A’s wife, B, is racially, morally and mentally A’s inferior * B, wife of A, proves a hindrance to him socially and in a business way **
580
B is the wife of A, a friend of A-2’s * A’s friend, A-2, discovers that A’s wife, B, is a “vamp” **
581
B desires the love and consideration of her husband, A, which she believes she has lost
582
B, opening a letter addressed to her husband, A, discovers that A has lied to her
583
B, if discovered doing something she has in mind, will find herself at odds with her husband, A
B, wife of A, is desperately in need of money for a certain purpose * A-3, a rejected lover of B’s, promises to help B, wife of A, if she will come to his apartment for an interview **
B, wife of A, is desperately in need of money for a certain purpose * B, wife of A, happens to meet an old lover, A-3, and is forced to borrow a sum of money from him **
584
B, just married to A, discovers in a secret place her obituary notice (written by A?) the date of demise alone left blank
B, wife of A, loses her love for A when she discovers his cowardly nature
585
B, wife of A, leaves home suddenly on important business while A is absent * B, leaving home suddenly during the absence of her husband, A, writes a line to A explaining her departure, but the wind whisks the note out of an open window and away. B’s absence is accounted a mysterious disappearance **
B, wife of A, is a butterfly of fashion * B, wife of A, must have rich clothes and luxurious surroundings in order to be happy **
586
B believes that her husband, A, loves her less than he does a certain small statue, X, that stands on his desk
587
B, the deceased wife of A, appears to a relative of A’s and describes her mortal reactions to A’s lack of affection for her
588
B, dying, reveals to her husband, A, a closely guarded secret which he finds greatly perturbing
589
B is convinced that her husband, A, has eloped with B-3
590
B, fourth wife of A, discovers shortly after her marriage that A’s other wives have all died suddenly and mysteriously
591
B, alone, helpless and in terrible danger, sends to her husband, A, a despairing call for aid
592
B revolts against certain unpleasant conditions involving her husband, A
593
B secretly takes money from her husband, A, for her own use
594
B, undemonstrative in her affections, surprises her husband, A, and arouses his suspicion by bringing his breakfast to him in bed
B, a termagant, supposes herself a widow and marries A * A-3. B’s undivorced husband, appears secretly to A, B’s present husband, and tries craftily to get A to pay him money for not claiming B as his wife **
B divorces her husband, A, and is awarded the custody of their child, CH * A steals his child, CH, from his divorced wife, B **
B, wife of A, innocently commits a transgression * A, in order to save his wife, B, declares that he is guilty of a transgression committed by B **
B, wife of A, takes the law in her own hands and shoots A-5, who has murdered A
B, wife 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 her 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 herself 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 his initiative, his enterprise and his ambition, and becomes merely a cog in the wheels of his 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 his 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 his car apparently injures a pedestrian, seeks to evade legal consequences by having his chauffeur, A-7, drive on at speed **
598
A, an author, impersonates the crook hero of a story he is writing for the purpose of obtaining situations and “local color” * A, a novelist, impersonates the hero of a story he is writing and becomes involved in an unpleasant complication **
599
A, in order to oblige his friend, A-2, acts contrary to his 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, he is in a dilemma **
600
A, in a foreign seaport and seeking to return at night to his steamer, loses his way and finds himself in the lawless slums
601
A, seeking to help his friend, A-2, lends him all his 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 he has wagered on himself
603
A suffers defeat because his friend, A-2, does not efficiently carry out his part in a certain enterprise
A and his friend, A-2, are attacked by robbers in a lonely wood * A’s friend, A-2, receives a wound from which he dies **
A and his friend, A-2, on horseback, are swimming a flooded river. A-2 is struck by a piece of floating drift, but A rescues him and gets him to the river bank * A-2 is so badly injured that he dies **
A and his 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 man in whom he 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 woman, B * A, falling ill in a wilderness country, is attended by an old woman. B, to whom years before, he had taught a fake method of healing **
606
A has invested all his money in a certain enterprise * A, investing all his money in a certain enterprise, sees the enterprise fail and himself plunged heavily into debt **
607
A and his 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 his 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 himself in more dilemmas than he 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. He can escape only by passing through the towns of Y or Z, and detectives, A-6 and A-6, are watching for him in both places **
611
A’s youthful escapades, committed thoughtlessly and not with malice, constitute the wrong which has given him a bad name among the people of his native place
A induces his father, F-A, to advance him his patrimony * A leaves his native place, squanders his 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 his 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 him **
614
A loses a valuable diamond, X * A loses a valuable diamond, X, in a place where there is a flock of chickens, and he 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 his suspicions as to where it can be found, but discovers that his suspicions are unfounded ***
615
A, a coward and a braggart, is manoeuvered into a dangerous test, and must either eat his words or acquit himself with credit * A, a coward who has been manoeuvered into a dangerous test of courage, is almost beside himself with fear as he sets forth to meet the test **
616
A has confided to B the combination of his safe, X * A, confiding to B the combination of his safe. X. brings danger to B **
617
A shows his ignorance of the usages of high society by unpacking his satchel when a servant, A-7, is expected to do it for him * A, annoyed by a faux pas he has committed, seeks to “save his face” **
618
A is bored by certain duties he is obliged to perform * A, bored by certain duties he is obliged to perform, finds a way out—with unpleasant results **
619
A loses all his life’s savings * A plans to take has own life, but fate intervenes **
620
A loses his job * A suffers misfortune because he departs from the strict line of duty in order to carry out a cherished ambition of his own **
621
A is swindled out of his life’s savings by A-5 * A, swindled out of his life’s savings by A-5, is about to take his own life when his lost money is returned to him 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 his son, SN, to have perished in a tragic accident
623
A, innocent, is supposed to be a transgressor * A is supposed to be a transgressor because he is found with contraband goods in his possession **
624
A considers himself a transgressor until he discovers that his supposed transgression was never committed
625
A awakens in B a consuming desire to leave the city and return to her home in the country to live. All of which was farthest from A’s plans, since he 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 his daughter, D, a grievous injury
627
A unintentionally causes the death of B * A, seeking to save B by giving her an antidote for a certain poison, causes her 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 him, is one of the passengers **
629
A has his “double,” A-2, take his place in an important enterprise * A finds himself ruined, and his reputation gone, when his 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 him ** Through A-2, A’s confederate in an enterprise, A suffers loss ***
631
A is ruined when his appeal to his 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 his reason **
634
A, imagining he sees a fast motor car almost upon him, 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 his 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 his 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 his 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 his family and friends are glad to be rid of him and will not pay the ransom ** A, abducted by A-5 and held for ransom, makes A-5’s life so miserable that he pays a round sum to have A taken off his 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 her widowed father, F-B, is neglected and cruelly treated by F-B
642
B, as a sop to her vanity, borrows a valuable ornament from her wealthy friend, B-2 * B loses a valuable ornament she borrowed from her friend, B-2 ** B, and her husband, 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 her surroundings, finds a dark, deserted room with comfortable chairs and large mirrors, and falls asleep in one of the chairs. She does not awaken until morning; then, to her horror, she discovers that she has spent the night as no respectable woman 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, she would be considered a confederate of A-4’s and suffer accordingly **
645
B finds herself, innocently and through error, a prisoner at night in a bedroom not her own * B, caught innocently in a compromising situation, discovers a state of affairs that renders her dilemma tragic **
646
B befriends an Unknown, AX, in a spirit of altruism * B discovers that AX, an Unknown whom she has befriended, is a notorious criminal who is being hunted by the police **
647
B, a respectable working girl, seeking employment, follows the advice of a supposed friend, A-5, and finds herself in an immoral dance hall where she is compelled to dance with patrons and serve drinks
648
B is accused of being a transgressor because she is found in an environment, or because she has property in her possession, which indicates transgression * B is accused of transgression, but the accusation is unjust **
649
B, sister of BR-B, in order to prevent BR-B from bringing dishonor to their family, unintentionally causes his death
(13) Seeking by Craftiness to Escape Misfortune
650
A, a white man cast away among bloodthirsty savages, has his life spared because he is a ventriloquist and supposed to be a god
651
A, a fugitive from justice seeking to avoid capture, finds himself 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 him unless he is crafty enough to devise plans for his own safety
A, the idol of his people, is about to lose a wrestling match to A-3, his 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 his life **
653
A is a captive, held by his 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 himself 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 his valuables * A is shot and seriously wounded by a robber, A-5 **
656
A’s ancestral estates have been heavily mortgaged and he is about to lose the property * A, by hook or crook, seeks to save his mortgaged paternal 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 his innocence by subtle enterprise ***
658
A, a man of high standing in his community, fears that through unusual conditions his character will be discredited * A seeks to safeguard his reputation, which is threatened by unusual conditions **
659
B’s mother, M-B, is a widow in poor health * M-B’s life hangs on a change of climate, but she and her daughter, B, are penniless ** B is desperately determined to do something, anything, to raise money to help her mother, M-B ***
(14) Falling into Misfortune through the Wiles of a Crafty Schemer
660
A, a professional man, is captured in his 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 him a secret of B’s * A, threatened with death by A-5 in an attempt to force him to reveal a secret of B’s, defies A-5 to do his 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 his 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 his mercy, and there seems nothing for A to do but to make the best of his hard lot
664
A finds himself unexpectedly locked and barred in a room in a strange house * A, suddenly finding himself a helpless prisoner, tries to bear his 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 her transgression revealed by A-3, who knew her in the old days **
666
B knows the combination of A’s safe; and she 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 her to open the safe **
(29) Aiding Another to Hide from the World a Fateful Secret
667
B, unless she conceals a personal delinquency, will seriously compromise herself * B, unless she reveals a personal delinquency, will cause an innocent man, A, to suffer for transgression **
668
B’s mother, M-B, is a drug addict * B makes a heavy personal sacrifice in order to help her mother, M-B, hide from the world a terrible secret **
669
B commits a secret transgression * B, committing a secret transgression, has her secret discovered by A-5 ** B’s secret transgression is discovered by A-5, who seeks to use his knowledge for purposes of blackmail ***
670
B’s mother, M-B, is subject to recurring periods of temporary insanity * B helps her mother, M-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 him overcome his 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 men kill nearly all A-2’s sheep, and A-3 is scheming to take A-2’s land away from him. 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 her misfortunes **
(18) Rebelling against a Power that Controls Personal Abilities and Holds them in Subjection
674
A loses his son, SN, in whom all his ambitions were centered * A struggles against an overwhelming sorrow that proves an obstacle to enterprise and holds his abilities in subjection **
675
A is a confirmed procrastinator, and the habit inhibits enterprise and circumscribes his abilities * A is taught a lesson which shows him how reprehensible a pet failing may become **
676
B is intellectual and of an artistic temperament * B rebels against the authority of her father, F-B, who compels her 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 sister, SR-B * B rebels against the tyranny and selfishness of her sister, SR-B, which make B’s life miserable **
679
B is overshadowed and dominated by her mentally inferior employer, A * B rebels against A’s method of appropriating as his own the brilliant achievements which B accomplishes at his 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 man; after the war, a physical wreck, and a bankrupt **
A undertakes an enterprise when he is prosperous; and then, suffering loss and becoming a bankrupt and a cripple, he has not the heart to go on with the enterprise
681
A, happy and optimistic, undergoes a critical illness which makes of him a morbid, melancholy, superstitious pessimist
A undergoes a critical illness * A recovers from a critical illness but loses all remembrance of his personal identity **
682
A, a white man 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, he sinks to the level of his primitive surroundings **
683
A is a telegraph operator at a lonely railroad way station * A is a sheep herder, isolated with his flock of sheep ** A is a lighthouse keeper on a lonely coast *** A gradually, because of loneliness, becomes demented ****
684
B’s father, F-B, is an unworthy character, long mysteriously missing * B’s father, F-B, long mysteriously missing, returns to his old home as an Unknown and discovers that his daughter, B, thinks him dead, believes his character to have been noble, and holds him in hallowed remembrance ** F-B renounces his intention to disclose his identity to his daughter, B, and shambles away as an Unknown, leaving B happy with her 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 his very existence
687
A finds himself the only white man in a tribe of half-savage natives * A, finding himself the only white man 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 his health * A, taking a sea voyage, is shipwrecked and cast away on a desert island **
691
A, an explorer, loses his 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 her horse and sprains her 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 he was tried and acquitted * A, tried for a crime and acquitted seeks happiness in freedom from suspicion **
A suffers imprisonment for a crime he did not commit * A, finishing a term of imprisonment for a crime he did not commit, finds that his character as an ex-convict seriously hampers him in his honest enterprises **
696
A, a patriot, but a wanderer and an outcast, is deprived of all news of his native land
697
A’s parents, F-A and M-A, insist that he study to be a doctor, while all his soul is yearning to make another profession his life work
A is a foundling who knows nothing of his birth and parentage * A knows nothing of his birth and parentage, and he finds this a serious and humiliating handicap **
698
A seeks to live down his bitter grief over the loss of his 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 him a rich estate * A is a fugitive from justice who dares not show himself to receive a rich estate that has been left to him, for he knows he 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 he has taken refuge is blown away by a tornado **
700
A is a man who believes that poverty is the true source of contentment * A, against his wish and inclination, has been left a fortune by a deceased relative, A-8 **
701
A seeks wealth by craftily defrauding his 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 his human side and becomes the prey of conscience **
704
A finds happiness in being loyal to his friends * A, because of a disturbing experience, is compelled to turn against his friend, A-2 **
705
A, unable to conquer his misfortunes, seeks to escape them by committing suicide
706
A, an engineer, has flung a span of steel across a mountain gap, backing his 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 his 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 he considers his 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 his wrists
708
A, after a mysterious absence of many years, returns to his old home town * A, returning as an Unknown to his native place, discovers that no one recognizes him **
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 he is taken suddenly so ill he cannot leave his bed **
711
A, engaged in an important enterprise, suddenly finds himself 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 his 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 his 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 he is a ventriloquist (a conjuror or a magician?) saves his life among savages; then he loses his voice
715
A, wealthy and influential, loses his clothes, personal belongings and all other means of identification 658 * A, wealthy, finds that his pretentions to place and power are treated as a joke ** A cannot convince others of his identity, and undergoes the hardships and evil treatment accorded an upstart imposter ***
A cripples himself for life in rescuing a child, CH, from death 842b * A loses his small fortune in trying to help a friend, A-2 601 ** A, a poor man and crippled, finds his life in a sad tangle ***
A is found guilty of a political conspiracy 793b * A, convicted of being a traitor to his 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 his men capture and bring before him 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 she recognizes him as an imposter **
718
A knows something others do not know, something that proves the greatest obstacle to his enterprising and capable nature 1061 * A, believed by all to be a white man, knows there is negro blood in his 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 his 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 he has inherited the evil traits of an ancestor, A-8, paralyzes his will in enterprise
721
A’s whole future is wrapped up in a mighty work which he 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 his way to return it to its owner * A, on his way to return to the owner a stolen object, X, which he 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 his room to appear in the bull ring * A, making ready to undertake an enterprise, has his 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 he were physically at his best
727
A, a judge presiding at a murder trial, finds himself unexpectedly confronted with a circumstance that makes his work a torture to his 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 him, CH, falls into the trap and cannot escape 622 ch SN to CH 591 ch B to CH ; 179a ch B to CH ** A constructs a deadly trap and, by accident, falls into it himself ***
729
A, desperately in need, is offered a large sum of money for a diamond, X, which he knows is an imitation * A, desperately in need of money, can recoup his finances at the expense of his integrity. He 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 he is a stranger and regarded with suspicion * A is arrested as a criminal “suspect” because he happens to be in the vicinity when a crime is committed **
732
A has a conviction that he is going insane and that, sooner or later, he 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 he lives, and he can find no one who can, or who would if he could, change the bill for him ***
734
A is mistakenly reported dead during the World War * A, in the World War, is shell-shocked and loses all knowledge of his identity ** A, victim of amnesia in a foreign land, wanders back to his native country ***
735
A is annoyed by a person, A-8, who constantly crosses his path with the most untimely intrusions * A rids himself of a meddlesome person, A-8, and later regrets his harshness **
736
B inherits the trait of disguising her affections, a trait that proves an obstacle to her 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 her bath and, through error, enters through an unlocked door into a room which proves to be not her 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 her room in a big city hotel, ties a black ribbon to the doorknob so she can easily find the door on her 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 her happiness, which she has pawned **
740
B is a strange, wild creature, marked at birth by an unfortunate experience of her mother, M-B’s * B is shunned and ostracised because of a misfortune for which she is not responsible **
741
B is forced by her father, F-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 she plans to take her own life * B writes a letter explaining her 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 father, F-B, pursuing rustlers who have stolen his cattle, is shot down and killed * B, elder daughter of F-B, is the sole support of the family when F-B dies **
746
B, who was thought by the people of her 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 himself and sells stock to his 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 his possession that would give him 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 he is guilty of a crime, but no crime has been committed **
751
A, informed that he has only a few months to live, undertakes an unusual enterprise [1] A seeks to spend all his money before he dies [2] A hurls himself recklessly into perilous situations in the hope of losing his life * A, told that he has only a few months to live, discovers that the doctor was in error and that he still has a long life ahead of him **
752
A is discovered burglarizing a house * A, an intruder in a strange house, is discovered; he flees through the nearest door into a windowless closet and is trapped by a spring lock **
753
A, seeking to finance himself, gambles with money not his own—and loses it
754
A gambles with money he is holding in trust
755
A resigns himself 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 his parents, F-A and M-A, and becomes a doctor; but, all his life long, he feels that he 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 man of the world, seeking gain by exploiting the misfortunes of others * A finds a mysterious note. It contains 9. woman’s fateful secret—the secret of B, in desperate misfortune ** A, attempting to exploit B’s troubles for his own gain, ends by yielding his sympathy and befriending B ***
759
A, a tenderfoot in the West, takes offense at the slurs of a cowboy, A-8 * A and A-8 proceed to settle their differences with their fists **
760
A accomplishes his work so completely that his success results in failure
761
A, through the influence of a reckless friend, A-2, comes to his death
A removes a birthmark from the beautiful face of his wife, 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 his death, receives the friendship of A-8—for which he had vainly struggled in life ***
763
A, a crook who has acquired wealth, in a quest for happiness returns to his native place to foregather with pals of his younger criminal day * A, a crook, discovers that his pals are all married and “going straight” **
764
A, in order to save his friend, A-2, picks a quarrel with A-2’s enemy, A-3, and slays him * 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 woman, believes herself surpassingly beautiful * B has a character weakness which proves a bar to many of her 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 he will be greatly missed if he drops out of society
769
A is mistakenly convinced of his 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 his pressing obligations, leaves home to take a position at a distance; and he leaves suddenly and mysteriously without telling his creditors he is going **
A, heavily in debt, seeks to save himself from ruin by forging the name of a friend, A-2, to a note
A, heavily in debt, seeks to save himself by fraudulently using trust funds in his 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 he is mistaken **
A finds a paper containing the signals of his 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 his rival, A-3, and an incriminating paper, X, is found in his 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 her identity **
774
A pursues a stranger, A-4, to recover from him an object, X, which has been stolen * A, pursuing a stranger, A-4, and taking from him a valuable object, X, which, A thinks, was stolen from him, later discovers that X, which he supposed was stolen, has all the time been in his own possession **
775
A trusts his servant, A-7, and makes a confidant of him * A discovers that his 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 he is in the streets that motor cars are trying to run him down **
777
A, although not really a criminal, has become convinced that he is one * A conceals his identity, avoids people, and leads a furtive, hermit-like existence **
778
A is a thief who plans to steal what he 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 he 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 his greed for gain, encounters an experience which transforms his 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 himself to be blackmailed by A-7, because he is convinced that he unintentionally committed a crime * A, supposing himself a criminal, discovers that no crime has been committed **
784
B, thinking herself a criminal, seeks to evade the law by various makeshifts * B discovers that she is innocent of a crime she supposed she had committed **
785
B’s mother, M-B, is a widow in desperate misfortune * B’s mother, M-B, is planning a move which B knows will have unhappy consequences, but B cannot persuade M-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 himself guilty of a crime which he cannot remember of having committed, and which he did not in reality commit
788
A believes B is an adventuress, seeking unlawful gain by pretending to be the daughter of A-8 * B proves that she is the daughter of A-8 **
789
A, seeking information as to his proper course, is under the delusion that everyone is giving him false directions
790
A, before the war, had a friend, A-2, who had rendered him 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 his country ***
A, a judge, has a friend, A-2, brought before him for trial and sentence * A, a judge, presiding at the trial of his friend, A-2, so manipulates proceedings in favor of A-2 that A-2 is acquitted ** A, a judge, proving false to his high duty, ever afterwards bears a “crooked” reputation ***
791
A, a doctor, comes of a proud old Southern family * A, a doctor, considers it his duty to give medical assistance to outcasts and the morally inferior ** A, a doctor, in following his ideals loses caste with his friends and neighbors ***
792
B mistakenly supposes A to be a thief when he restores to her an object, X, which she has lost * A, restoring to B an object, X, which she has lost, mistakenly supposes her 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 her 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 his friend, A-2, to engage in an enterprise * A is persuaded by his friend, A-2, to undertake an enterprise which A knows to be extremely difficult and which his judgment warns him to let alone **
A is influenced by his friend, A-2, to take charge of some important papers * A, obliging his 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 his friend, A-2, is dead * A is astounded when his friend, A-2, whom he supposed to be dead, suddenly appears before him **
795
A, by trickery, is mistakenly convinced that he 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 his home * A, a transgressor, returning as an Unknown to his home, finds his daughter, D-A, reverencing his 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 him, and is unaware of the fact that his possession of X is fraught with terrible danger **
799
A commits a fault against propriety * A forces his way into the room of an unmarried woman, B 766 ** B, in order to protect herself from A, calls a policeman, A-6 ***
800
B has a weird delusion regarding her son, SN * B considers her son, SN, brilliant and highly talented, whereas he is less than mediocre in mentality **
801
B wins the respect and protection of A * B reveals herself 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 he 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 him, in the hope of returning it to the stranger, A-4, who lost it ** A finds a satchel, X, which, unknown to him, contains evidence of an incriminating nature ***
805
A seeks to help A-4, an old man 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 his impulsiveness **
807
A, trying to be of service to his friend, A-2, is suspected of treachery by A-2
808
A takes possession of B’s property in order to save it for her * A, taking possession of B’s property in order to save it for her, is falsely suspected by B of trying to steal it **
A is older and more experienced than B and seeks to advise her wisely and help her 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 he is slipping in his work, and considers himself a failure * A’s son, SN, wins for his college in a gruelling contest; and SN tells A, who is gloomy and despairing and considers himself a failure, that his success was inspired by the thought that his father had never been beaten ** A is inspired to carry on successfully in his profession because of the faith his son, SN, has in him ***
811
A, a miser, is lured into a charitable entei prise by the prospect of death * A, undertaking charitable enterprises when he thought he was soon to die, regrets the enterprises when he finds he still has a long life ahead of him ** A, a miser, would recover money given in charity until he discovers how popular his bounty has made him. Charmed by his popularity, he 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 father, F-B, fails in his attempt to subdue and control A, a “wild” and unmanageable youth left in his charge * B, when her father, F-B, fails in an enterprise, takes the enterprise off his hands **
(50) Being Impelled by an Unusual Motive to Engage in Crafty Enterprise
813
A seeks to protect his son, SN, from what he conceives to be disgrace and dishonor on his own part
814
A succeeds in an enterprise secretly devised by B as a test for his 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 he attempts to rescue him **
A, a dissolute son, in want, returns to his home and his father, F-A, a better and a wiser man than when he went away * A, a dissolute son, is freely forgiven his transgressions by his father, F-A **
816
A is on his way to keep an important engagement * A finds a stranger, A-4, ill, exhausted and unconscious, lying in the road ** A subordinates his own affairs to those of a stranger, A-4, who is ill, and helps him to a place where he 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, his sympathy goes out to her, and he revolts against A-4’s scheme and warns B ***
A, a hoodlum, rescues B from an attack by footpads * B befriends A, picks him out of the gutter and makes a man of him **
A finds a small child, CH, on the beach after a shipwreck * A takes CH, a foundling, into his heart and his home and rears her as his 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 his own **
819
A, a burglar, seeks to aid B, who was his friend before he “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 husband, dead at his desk, a defaulter and a suicide. A-5 has left a note explaining his guilt 753 ch A to A-5 ** A, in order to save his friend B from disgrace, destroys a letter that would have proved B’s husband, 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 his friend, A-2, is accused of a crime * A, learning that his friend, A-2, is accused of a crime, seeks to prove his innocence **
821
A’s son, SN, is arrested for committing a crime * A seeks to save his son, SN, 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 his 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 his end is approaching, seeks to protect his adopted daughter, D, 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 his innocence **
827
A, a sprinter, is on the point of losing a footrace because he believes he 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 he thinks he hears the voice of a dead friend, A-2, calling to him; but he 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 him to return money out of which he 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 his friend, A-2 * A-2 tells his friend, A, in confidence, that he is a bootlegger **
832
A steals money from his employer, A-9, to help his 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 his feet and repays the loan * A tells his friend, A-2, that he 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 him 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 he tries to help his 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 his friend, A-2, puts aside his principles and engages in distasteful enterprise
839
A seeks to correct a character weakness in his friend, A-2 * A seeks to correct a character weakness in his friend, A-2, by telling him a story which subtly suggests a method of self-correction **
840
A seeks to prevent his friend, A-2, from committing a reckless act that would have fateful consequences * A plies his friend, A-2, with drink until he is intoxicated and helpless in order to prevent him from committing a reckless act that would have fateful consequences **
841
A discovers secretly that his 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 himself for life **
843
B is convinced that her friend, B-2, is making a mistake * B, convinced that her 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 woman, clever and influential, seeks diversion by helping her friend, A
B’s friend, B-2, seeks to save A, B’s fiance, from the wiles of a designing woman, B-3, and restore him to B * B’s friend, B-2, seeks to save B’s lover, A, from a designing woman, 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 man poorer than A himself * A, through his 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, his friend, which A-2 was unable to finish **
847
A, a rough frontiersman 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 she seems to have set her heart
850
B discovers in backward A a promise of great things, and attempts to guide him to a high goal
B seeks to rescue A from a life of dissipation and make a man of him * B picks A out of the gutter and gives him employment **
Enterprise
Deliverance
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
851
A rescues B from imminent danger, but only by bringing the danger upon himself * A is unable to extricate himself from the peril from which he 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 him with grandiose ideas of his power and ability **
854
A discovers a fateful secret of his rich and powerful employer, A-9 * A, because he 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 his body powerless but leaves his mind alert, seeks to achieve physical freedom
857
A seeks to achieve emancipation from a fear which dogs his life, shows in his face and manner, and plunges him into misfortune
858
A is made miserably unhappy by the fear of death * and would emancipate himself from it **
859
A, falsely accused of crime, seeks to clear himself of the accusation
860
A, impoverished, seeks to recoup his fortunes by a wealthy marriage
861
A, of an inferior race, rescues B, of a superior race, from accident * A, when he rescues B, becomes involved in an unpleasant complication, due to mistaken judgment **
862
A fears he will commit a transgression * A, fearing he will commit a transgression, seeks to emancipate himself 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 him * A desires a place of seclusion where he can be absolutely alone, away from cables, wireless, mails and the public **
A seeks to enhance his social prestige * A invites a celebrity, A-4, to be guest of honor at a reception in his 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 his hotel, and A-4 accepts **
864
A is a man of wealth and high character whose conscience is troubled by a transgression committed in his earlier years * A, under a fictitious name, returns to his native place, where he had committed a youthful transgression, and, as an Unknown, seeks to discover: [1] Whether his youthful escapades have been forgotten and forgiven; [2] whether the person whom he wronged has suffered any lasting injury. Also, he wishes [3] to make reparation in an assumed character for wrong done in his true character; and [4] to establish a reputation for good behavior and lofty aims in the community before revealing his real identity **
865
A, about to commit an act of folly, is abducted by his friend, A-2, and held a prisoner as the only means of restraining him
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 his freedom **
867
A, suspected of treachery by his friend, A-2, in a daring rescue saves the property and perhaps the life of A-2, and proves his faithfulness by a revelation of the danger to which A-2, unknown to himself, was exposed
868
A, destroying a letter in which his friend, A-2, declares he 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 his head, prevents B from committing suicide
870
B, harrassed by gossip that reflects on her integrity, seeks deliverance from false suspicion
B, her 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 him sent to prison **
871
B’s father, F-B, is compelling B to take a step which she believes will be fatal to her happiness * B, compelled by her father, F-B, to take a step which she believes will be fatal to her happiness, escapes the catastrophe by a stratagem **
872
B fears she is going insane * B, fearing she is going insane, seeks emancipation from the demoralizing fear **
873
B discovers an evil secret of her past * B, discovering an evil secret of her 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 him in enough money to discharge his pressing obligations **
875
A, visiting A-2 in his prison cell, exchanges clothes with him 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 policeman, 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 himself from an upper window and, his arm broken, secures aid and rescues B **
877
A, a sheriff, is by duty compelled to hang a condemned man, his friend, A-2 * A. a sheriff, believes A-2, the man he is about to hang, innocent of the crime for which he was sentenced ** A, a sheriff, delays hanging a condemned man, 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 his 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 his own life
880
A, by a stratagem of his friend, A-2, is saved from an act of folly * A, saved by a stratagem of his friend, A-2, from an act of folly, comes to realize his intended folly, forgive the stratagem, and thank A-2 **
A, an old man, a homeless outcast and a “bum,” is restored to relatives and to fortune by a friend, A-2
881
A has turned his back upon happiness because of an obligation he fancies himself under to his son, SN * A’s son, SN, discovers a fateful secret of A’s 425, and persuades him 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 himself bound by the laws of hospitality, conceals A and saves him from his 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 himself 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 herself by making use of the fire escape **
886
B’s mother, M-B, is in straitened circumstances and estranged from B * B’s mother, M-B, inherits a large sum of money unexpectedly, and becomes reconciled with B, from whom she 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 his attorney, A-7 * A, held on a murder charge, is released from custody when his lawyer, A-7, proves that A, “drunk with sleep,” had believed his victim, A-3, was trying to kill him **
A, once a cultured man but now a barbarian, is rescued from an unfortunate situation by his old friend, A-2 * A., a barbarian, is compelled to deal with a civilization which he 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 his reason after it has long been obscured, relates a strange story of his experiences, a story which his friends find it difficult to believe
890
B, engaged in carrying out a secret enterprise, finds herself 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 man, A * B saves A from a knife in the hands of his 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 her 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 him from the law, declares to A-6, the officer who has arrested A-5, that he gave A-5 the stolen property in his 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 he was convicted **
896
B learns that her son, SN, is suspected of having committed a crime * B knows that her son, SN, is innocent of the crime of which he is accused, and she knows who is guilty, but this knowledge makes the task of protecting SN dangerous and difficult **
Enterprise
Idealism
(21) Falling into Misfortune through Mistaken Judgment
897
A’s popularity becomes so annoying that he seeks what he conceives to be ideal seclusion 865 ; 664 689 690 to escape from it * A, seeking seclusion because his popularity annoys him, becomes hungry for the old applause and suffers remorse because of his flight from it **
898
A is a selfish person, constantly looking out for “Number One” * A, selfish and miserly, finds that his methods are mistaken and that he is making no progress towards happiness **
899
A is wealthy and avaricious, and happy only when adding to his riches * A, wealthy and avaricious, loses all by grasping for trifling gains **
900
A’s imagination leads his mind astray, and in seeking emancipation from fancied misfortunes he is plunged into real misfortunes * A, given all he thought necessary for his happiness, finds there is still something lacking—something in himself **
901
A is a white man who seeks to make his white civilization a pattern for half-savage peoples * A “goes native” and marries a native woman, B **
902
A has a passion for a certain pastime: [1] card games. [2] billiards, [3] tennis, [4] bowlling, and he becomes so absorbed in his trifling game that big events, demanding his immediate attention, are neglected with disastrous results
903
A is a conscientious artist, whose ideal is Truth * A, hired by B to paint her portrait, puts so much character and so little beauty into his 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 girl
905
A’s pride will not allow him to discontinue benefactions for which his family has long been noted, although his poverty forces him to many shifts of simulation, demands pinching sacrifises, and taxes his ingenuity
906
A discovers that his friend, A-2, is a defaulter * A-2 has important responsibilities, which A has not, and A flees, thus making it appear that he is the defaulter **
907
A, unable to find the noble ideal for which he has long and vainly searched, dies * A, after searching in vain for a noble ideal, dies unaware of the fact that he himself, because of his earnest search, has come to exemplify the ideal **
908
B is a selfish, hard-hearted, worldly-minded woman who seeks to live for herself alone. She wonders why she is not happy and contented
909
B indirectly causes the death of her brother, BR-B, by opposing a discreditable enterprise he was attempting to carry out * B dies a broken-hearted victim of her own high ideals **
(31) Living a Lonely, Cheerless Life and Seeking Companionship
910
A seeks happiness in being the pal of his daughter, D-A, and in making her happy * A is ultra old-fashioned, and his daughter, D-A, is ultra modern **
911
A seeks happiness in his love for a child, CH, but for certain reasons finds it difficult to realize his desire
912
A’s consuming desire is for friendship, for some one with whom he may associate and converse; but he is old and ugly, and no one pays him any attention
A becomes reconciled with an enemy, A-3, when A-3 renders him a service
913
A, suffering misfortune, seeks happiness in the companionship of A-2 and in playing golf
914
A is a gambler pursuing his blackleg vocation * A handicaps himself 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 his own country that he has to return **
916
B, her 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 his own community; and. when he reappears among strangers, he bears a fictitious name * A, seeking to forward an enterprise which those who know him might consider absurd or unworthy, changes his name and goes secretly to a place where he is unknown **
918
A seeks to rebuild his life wasted in dissipation, along the lines of exemplary ideals * A, in carrying out a worthy enterprise, changes his name and goes to a place where he 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 he 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 his 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 he is killed **
920
A, humble and supporting himself 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 his genius entitles him. But A’s ideal is “art for art’s sake,” and he will not be tempted
921
B realizes that her happiness and her duty lie in rehabilitating her character; in establishing, under an assumed name, an exemplary character and thus to make amends for a grievous wrong committed under her 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 Man, whom he envisons and personifies, but who evades him **
A has high ideals but, on suffering misfortune, he changes his 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 his old gang, to take part in a criminal enterprise **
924
A, wealthy, desires with all his heart to live as a poor man * A, wealthy and desiring to live as a poor man, finds that his wealth makes it impossible **
A, wealthy, seeks to lead a life of idleness and luxurious leisure * A is wealthy, and his ideal life is a life of leisure—but he meets with an experience that challenges his ideal **
925
A is a “man of the world,” relentlessly looking out for “Number One” and having little regard for others * A grievously wrongs his friend, A-2, and is taught a beneficial lesson when A-2 freely forgives him **
926
A’s lofty aim is to be a benefactor of mankind * A, trying to realize his ideal of being a benefactor of mankind, meets with a disturbing experience **
927
A seeks to throw open his 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, he has an unpleasant experience **
A is proud of his son, SN * A’s son, SN, dies a shameful, inglorious death, bringing dishonor and sorrow to A **
929
A, believing poverty the key to happiness, changes his ideals when he finds himself wealthy, and happy as he had never been in the days of his poverty
930
B builds a monument to her father, F-B, whom she mistakenly thinks is dead, and whose memory is to her a source of pride and honor
931
B is happy in her mistaken ideals * B is compelled to challenge the value of her ideals when she sees her mother, M-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 he begins work on a story, wishes to make sure that the tale he has in mind will be interesting to the general public. He 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, father of SN, renounces happiness in order to uphold a lofty conception of duty and save SN 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 his cherished ideal because he is compelled to work at a desk job in order to support himself and his 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 his high idealism on every side **
938
A is a clever craftsman who struggles to earn a living while upholding his ideals * A, if he chooses, could win vast wealth by sacrificing his high principles **
939
A seeks good in evil by culling lessons in good out of his association with transgressors—inspiration for contentment out of his misfortunes
940
A is a man of wealth and influence who feels that the gold of his true worth is obscured by the dross of his riches * A enlists as a private in the army when he 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 him in every way * A clings to his lofty ideals through all his 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 his ideals **
A, a prisoner, dies holding fast to a lofty conception of duty rather than win freedom by shattering his ideals of loyalty
944
A is a gentleman 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, he still clings to his high ideals and counts his vicissitudes, which could not overcome his ideals, as blessings in disguise
945
B, as the world regarded her, was a moral transgressor; but, in her own estimation, she was seeking the best and noblest in life * B, considered a moral transgressor, through her magnetic personality and the sincerity of her convictions, disarmed criticism in life and was praised by all after she died **
946
B, a transgressor, tries to live down her unfortunate past by exemplary conduct
947
B seeks to remain a good woman in spite of a vicious, morally inferior environment
948
B’s parents, M-B and F-B, are “just poor white trash,” but lowly B struggles for an education that will lift her out of her 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 him 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 him for judgment, disguises himself as a “bum” and plunges into the underworld **
950
A’s half-knowledge of the world constitutes his handicap * A believes he can be happier and more successful as a lawyer than as a doctor, as a general than as a private, as his own “boss” than by working for somebody else ** A feels that he can do more good outside the priesthood than as a priest ***
951
A’s happiness lies in freeing himself of a torturing conscience * A will suffer ruin and disgrace if he carries out his plan to free himself of a torturing conscience **
952
A’s ambition, one that is necessary to his happiness, is to fall out of the world that knows him * A leaves his coat on a cliff at the seaside, drops his hat in a stunted tree below the brink, and vanishes from the scenes that know him **
953
A, for reasons of his own, craves peace and quiet * A, desiring peace and quiet, finds his ideal retreat in a vacant house, and there he secretly takes up his quarters **
954
A, through erring imagination, becomes discontented with his life and surroundings * A, discontented, in a spirit of revolt seeks to achieve contentment **
955
A, a highwayman, is robbing the mails * A, a highwayman, opening a letter that falls into his hands, secures information 738 742 743a that sends him 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 his mistaken ideals he 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 he is so absorbed in it that he 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 his 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 his 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 his superiors which he considers discreditable **
A is a general in the army * A, a general, when the enemy attack, is engaged in an unimportant enterprise, and he is so absorbed in it that he will not give it up. A’s troops are defeated **
961
A’s pride rebels against the loss of his ancestral acres through poverty
962
B, who finds her 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 his high ideals; but, although baffled in realizing his cherished ambition, he effects a beneficial change in his 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 his home as an Unknown after a long absence, and meets his daughter, D-A * A, a transgressor, learning that his daughter, D-A, thinks he is dead, and that his character was high and noble, does not reveal his identity but leaves D-A happy in her 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 his heart on accomplishing something beyond his powers, and his happiness depends upon his 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 his home for long years * A, for many years mysteriously absent from his home, seeks a happy renewal of old ties by returning suddenly and unheralded to his native place **
968
A is a young man of lofty ideals * A, a young man of lofty ideals, craves all sorts of experiences in order that he 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 his own family in carrying out his generous enterprises
971
A believes solitude the greatest of human blessings * A, believing solitude to be the greatest of human blessings, encounters difficulties in his search for it **
972
A is a worthless ne’er-do-well, while his friend, A-2, is a man of worth in the world * A resolves, at any cost to himself, to save his friend, A-2, from threatening misfortune **
973
A, a white man battling against the superstitious frenzy of a half-savage tribe stricken with the plague, upholds the highest ideals of the white man’s civilization
974
B, reared in the slums of a large city and seeking her 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 her days numbered * B, in failing health and her days numbered, feels that she cannot die happy until she sees again her native place, and re-visits the well-remembered haunts of her childhood **
976
B believes that the practice of the religious virtues is the crying need of the world, and seeks by her own life to exemplify her convictions
977
B is determined to protect the honor of her family, but she can do so only by following the path of relentless duty
B’s brother, BR-B, has committed a crime * B, apprised of a crime committed by her brother, BR-B, informs the police and has BR-B arrested **
978
B’s mother, M-B, cherishes the fixed desire to give B a good education * B and her mother, M-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 he cannot rest content until, by his own efforts, he recovers the money for the losers and restores it **
980
A, by undertaking an obligation finds himself 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 him, agrees to grant any favor A-2 may ask that is within his power
982
A agrees to take in hand and control an incorrigible youth, NW, who has proved too hard a problem for his uncle and guardian, A’s friend, A-2
A, a bachelor, undertakes to care for CH, the child of his married sister, SR-A, while SR-A is away on a vacation
983
A, in order to get A-8 into his power, craftily manoeuvers him heavily into debt * A hopes to secure A-8’s help in an undertaking by offering to free him 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 he has obligingly taken from A-4, a stranger, and promised to deliver
986
A, a detective, returns B, a criminal, to the scene of her crime for trial and punishment * B, a criminal who has undergone a character change and become an honest woman, is given her liberty by the jury before whom she 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 his friend, A-2, from a secret danger * A is indirectly the cause of danger to his friend, A-2—danger of which A-2 is ignorant and of which A cannot tell him **
988
A’s friend, A-2, was the father of B; and, when A-2 died, A promised him he would care for B as though she were his own child * A is disloyal to B, his ward **
(39) Forsaking Cherished Ambitions to Carry Out an Obligation
989
A’s promise to his mother, M-A, prevents him from undertaking a cherished enterprise
990
A’s family all worked in order that he might be helped to a technical education * A conceives it to be his duty to work at a calling he dislikes so that he may repay his family for their sacrifices **
991
A, unable to realize a cherished ambition because of family obligations, comes as near realizing the ambition as he 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 her father. F-B, and make a home for him
993
B’s father, F-B, dies heavily involved in debt * B, the only child of her father, F-B, considers herself in honor bound to pay the debts of the deceased F-B, and undertakes a strange enterprise in order to carry out the obligation **
994
B, a widow, finds her happiness in being independent * B, a widow, is compelled by family obligations to live with a married son, SN **
995
B labors for years at a lonely task * B labors for years at a lonely task in order to clear the name of her father, F-B, from dishonor **
996
B’s mother, M-B, denies herself the necessities of life in fulfilling her duty to educate B
(20) Becoming Involved with Conditions in Which Misfortune is Indicated
997
A, on his sacred honor, has promised his friend, A-2, that he will do whatever A-2 shall require of him
A has $500,000. A rich relative, U, bequeaths a million dollars to A, provided he shall spend his half-million within a year * A, with a half million dollars must be “broke” within a year, and he 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 him to do **
999
A’s nephew and ward, NW, is wild and reckless and A is unable to manage him * A passes his unmanageable nephew and ward, NW, along to a friend in the West, A-2, who declares that he will either kill NW or tame him **
(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 he would attain wealth
A is to inherit a fortune from his uncle, U, on condition that he shall never leave his native land * B, an enemy of U who has left a fortune to A on condition that he shall never travel abroad, wins a promise from A that he will travel abroad after she dies **
1002
A is a woman-hater * A, against his wish and inclination, becomes the guardian of a beautiful young woman, 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 he is hastily summoned to attend a very sick person, A-8
1005
A and BR-A are twin brothers with the same likes and dislikes * A and BR-A, brothers, 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 his chosen profession and enters another line of work
1007
A carries out honorably the heart-breaking obligation of killing his 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 brother of B, who is very dear to A ***
1008
A, trusted butler in the household of A-9, is really a crook * A, using his position in the household of A-9 as a “cover” to his black designs, loots the jewel box of A-9’s wife, B, and departs secretly between two days **
1009
B, a widow, wishes to be independent and to have a home of her own; but there are certain obligations at war with her desire
B, a widow, has given all her money to her son, SN * B, penniless, is compelled to live with her son, SN **
1010
B, ordered by thieves, A-5, A-5, A-5, to open a safe belonging to A, refuses in spite of threats against her 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 he is under an obligation **
1012
A’s impecunious grandchild, GCH, buys A a birthday present, X, on credit * X, a birthday present, will not he delivered until it is paid for ** A pays for X, a birthday present, which his impecunious grandchild, GCH, is giving him ***
1013
A, a fugitive in the desert, discovers that the officer who is pursuing him, A-6, is sunblind and dying from thirst * A, a fugitive from justice, will be arrested if he rescues A-6, the officer who is pursuing him. from misfortune; and if A abandons A-6, A-6 will die **
1014
A, a cashier responsible for the funds of the firm employing him, is ordered by A-5 1079 ch A to A-5, junior partner of the firm, to give him 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 men, A-2 and A-5, both friends of A’s * A-6, an officer of the law, calls on A to help him 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 he 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 him for punishment by court-martial * A’s friend, A-2, rescues A from a heartbreaking situation by killing himself **
1017
A, an officer of the law, and A-5, his 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, his prisoner, is young, and there are extenuating circumstances in his 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 his 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 son of F-A, feels it his duty to sell all his property in order to help pay the debts of the deceased F-A
1019
A is the recipient of anonymous threats of violence if he tries to carry out an obligation * A, threatened anonymously with violence if he carries out an obligation, proceeds boldly with what he believes to be his duty **
1020
A, pledged to die if B dies, learns that B has committed suicide
1021