Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s THE COMING OF ABEL BEHENNA
Here’s the skinny: You’ve got two best friends who are also lifelong rivals, always trying to outdo one another. This rivalry has always been of the peaceful sort, and even remains so after both guys decide they want to marry the prettiest girl in the village. Instead of a duel or even trying to undermine the other, the guys and the girl involved agree to settle the business via a coin toss. The guy who wins the toss gets not just the girl, but the loser will give the winner and the bride-to-be all his money, too, to secure them with a sound financial foundation for their marriage. Now if you’re thinking there’s no way that could ever possibly work, you’d be right. The loser, as one would expect, doesn’t take his loss all that gracefully. He adds an addendum to the bargain after the fact: The winner has one year to go abroad and earn his fortune with the combined funds of both men. If he fails to make it back in a year, the loser gets the girl.
Does the winner, Abel Behenna, make it back in time? Yes. Technically. But the loser, let’s just say he isn’t all that happy to see Abel, and the greeting he gives him isn’t of the warmest variety. The loser gets the girl after all—but he gets a rather unpleasant surprise, too. A neat little story.