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"Buster" Keaton




"I've come to ask for the hand of your daughter. I've thought the matter over carefully, and I think I'm a suitable match for her."

"Well,...there's just one question.... ...can you support her?"

"I don't know.......I'll test myself by going away to the city and performing great deeds.....If I'm not successful, .....I'll come back and shoot myself."

Very well,.. I'll lend you my revolver."

Some weeks later,
....the first letter arrived.

My Darling,
I'm now head of a big sanatorium looking after 200 patients. I've got operations to do that you just couldn't imagine.

Dr. Richard M. Scott
~ Dog and Cat Hospital ~

Due to a slight mishap I've had to give up my operating. I'm now going by car round the Stock Exchange district doing a bit of cleaning up. I frequently meet up with distinguished financiers.

I'm tired of cleaning up. I'm back at my artistic gift, and today I'm making my debut in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Second Hand

Fantastic success! The crowds were so enthusiastic I just had to make a getaway.

"I missed, unfortunately,...forgive me! ...How shall we put it right?"

The End

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