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Toppleton's Client

or, A Spirit in Exile

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Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,770 / 170 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 898
Added to site: 2010.10.30 29403

An extravaganza that ranges all the way from dry Stocktonian humor to roaring farce. The central idea is that of the exchange of souls between bodies, and we may easily imagine the opportunities it offers a writer intent only upon the possible humorous complications. The "client" is an exiled spirit whose body is occupied by a usurping fiend, and who engages Toppleton (a lawyer whose chief work of reference is the "Comic Blackstone") to possess him once more of the bodily estate that he has lost. But the fiend is too sharp for the lawyer, and, preferring Toppleton's corporeal tenement to that in which he has been fraudulently dwelling, effects a substitution, and leaves Toppleton helpless, either to protect the rights of his client or to re-establish his own.

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informed by the delinquent that he defied him; the senior member of the firm, the departed Hoppy, having promised to retain the youth in his employ at increased wages, until he was old enough to go to London, and assist him in looking after the interests of his clients abroad. An investigation, which followed, showed that Hopkins had celebrated his departure in the manner indicated, and also divulged the interesting fact that the running expenses of the office, according to the new partner's promises, were immediately to be increased at least twenty-five per cent. per annum in salaries.



IT did not take Hopkins many days to discover that a life of elegant leisure in London approximates labour of the hardest sort. Nor was it entirely easy for him to spend his one thousand pounds a month, with lodgings for his headquarters. This fact annoyed him considerably, for he valued money only for what i

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1893)Humor / Ghost / Occult

R: *****

Plot bullets

  • A great lawyer dies and the law firm sends his useless son to England to keep him out of the way.

  • This is fine with him and he settles in to a life of pleasure by avoiding business and clients.

  • What could go wrong?

  • What if his office is haunted?

  • Worse yet, what if the ghost wants to be a client?



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