I first came across this story in a collection of vampire stories and was completely engaged. The main theme of the story, or take-away point I received is that of repayment of extreme evil and despotism through shrewd and creative means. The villain of this story is maddening in his freedom to exert any whim on weaker folk. But he gets his in the end in a wonderfully ghoulish and satisfying way. I could so see this story made into a Hollywood movie. It would make a wonderful one and I am very surprised this story is not more well known.