Double Trouble

Or, Every Hero His Own Villain

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Author: Herbert Quick
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,845 / 189 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,252
Added to site: 2006.10.04 14885
Genres: Romance, Humor

In one personality the hero is a quiet, retired, inoffensive business man, a lover of books, a hater of political corruption, devoted to one woman, proud of a Puritan conscience. In the other state the hero is a breezy promoter of the Middle West, a loud, sporty boodler, and the lover of any pretty woman who chances in his path. A succession of ridiculous situations is the result, farcical confusion worse confounded.

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was Florian Amidon?

He groped about for his clothes. They were strange in color and texture, but, in such judgment as he could form while dressing in his berth, they fitted. He never could bear to go half-dressed to the toilet-room as most men do, and stepped out of his berth fully appareled--in a natty business sack-suit of Scots-gray, a high turn-down collar, fine enamel shoes and a rather noticeable tie. Florian Amidon had always worn a decent buttoned-up frock and a polka-dot cravat of modest blue, which his haberdasher kept in stock especially for him. He felt as if, in getting lost, he had got into the clothes of some other man--and that other one of much less quiet and old-fashioned tastes in dress. It made him feel as if it were he who had made the run to Canada with the bank's funds--furtive, disguised, slinking.

He looked in the pockets of the coat like an amateur pickpocket, and found some letters. He gazed at them askance, turning them over and over, wondering if he ought to peep at


Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1906)Humor (Dual identity) / Romance

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Plot bullets

  • A man wakes up on a train. He wakes up as a different man than he remembers.

  • It is not his second self (the one of the past five years) that he remembers, but his first self.

  • That makes things difficult, since everyone else he comes in contact with, knows him as self number two.

  • With the aid of a lady super naturalist, he tries to make sense of things.

  • There are two of him in one body, and a girl for each of him.

  • That puts this man in Double Trouble.

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