The Confidence Man

by Herman Melville

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Chapter 31


"In want of money!" pushing back his chair as from a suddenly-disclosed man-trap or crater.

"Yes," navely assented the cosmopolitan, "and you are going to loan me fifty dollars. I could almost wish I was in need of more, only for your sake. Yes, my dear Charlie, for your sake; that you might the better prove your noble, kindliness, my dear Charlie."

"None of your dear Charlies," cried the other, springing to his feet, and buttoning up his coat, as if hastily to depart upon a long journey.

"Why, why, why?" painfully looking up.

"None of your why, why, whys!" tossing out a foot, "go to the devil, sir! Beggar, impostor!--never so deceived in a man in my life."

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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.