Welcome to the final instalment of our latest Tale for Our Time - The Million-Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain. In tonight's concluding episode, our hero finds that his wealthy compatriot from San Francisco is way over-extended with an option whose expiry date is hurtling towards him:
In a word, he was ruined. Then he jumped up and cried out:
'Henry, you can save me! You can save me, and you're the only man in the universe that can. Will you do it? Won't you do it?'
'Tell me how. Speak out, my boy.'
'Give me a million and my passage home for my 'option'! Don't, don't refuse!'
I was in a kind of agony. I was right on the point of coming out with the words, 'Lloyd, I'm a pauper myself—absolutely penniless, and in debt!' But a white-hot idea came flaming through my head, and I gripped my jaws together, and calmed myself down till I was as cold as a capitalist...
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