John Manbridge likes the good things in life, including betting on the horses. With no real means of support, he's taken to forging cheques in his cousin, Felix Manbridge's account. Felix knows what is going on and warns his cousin that should it happen again, he would have no option but to prosecute. In any event, Felix reminds him that with his own current state of ill-health, John will soon inherit everything. John decides to accelerate the process, not realizing that Felix has decided to do the same, with unintended consequences. Written by
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Felix Edward Manbridge
[holding a 50-pound forged check
A hundred pounds? It's out of the question! And I'm astonished at your having the nerve to ask for it - on top of this! John, don't you realize that your signing my name to a check is forgery?
You needn't blame me for that! I wouldn't have done it, if I had any alternative!