By O. Henry
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Mrs. Zeke Trotter lived in a small town not far away. Jeff went out to see her. She was not beautiful and not so young. But she seemed alright to Jeff.

“Is this an honest deal you are putting on, Mr. Peters?” she asked when he told her what he wanted.

“Mrs. Trotter,” said Jeff, “three thousand men will seek to marry you to get your money and property. What are they prepared to give in exchange? Nothing! Nothing but the bones of a lazy, dishonest, good-for...

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