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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Love of Money

The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Raffles Haw is the new guy in town and the whole population is atwitter with gossip.  When his home is overtaken by workmen and strange boxes are seen coming and going, it only adds to the intrigue.  Robert and Laura are his nearest neighbors and are soon delighted to meet this eccentric new addition to the small English town.

When the brother and sister pair find out how filthy rich Haw is they swear to remain untouched by his wealth.  That much money, though?  What would you do?

This is an interesting short read (free on Kindle) about the the love of money and how that love can corrupt a soul.  Those words ring true still today (this book would make an awesome reality TV show!).  The is a story very much like something Jules Verne would write with some interesting tidbits about inventions and chemistry in the pursuit of gold and power.  If you like Doyle and Victorian literature, it's a fun read.

Even though you know how it's all going to end.  That much money?  What would you do?

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