Dollar " is a story narrated in first person by the author Stephen
Leacock. The one line summary is that he tries in many ways to get
back that one dollar he lent his friend Todd for paying his taxi to go
to Bermuda. It is made to be funny by using exaggeration on the amount
one dollar and on friendship. There is humour made out in the efforts
of the author, all efforts going in vain. The author picked a tale of
two friends who are found in common place.
The author lends
one dollar to Todd in the name of friendship and in kind. After Todd
goes to Bermuda, he had not forgotten about it. He expected Todd to
return it as soon as he could. But Todd avoids it as if he had
forgotten it. After some days, Stephen gets a letter from Todd. He
mentioned the temperature in Bermuda but not about the dollar.
When Todd returns to the town after three weeks and then Stephen meets
Tedd at the railway station. The author does not explicitly ask for the
dollar. Instead he puts in a word that they hire one taxi to go to
Montreal. Stephen said that to remind Todd about one dollar he paid for
taxi ride to Bermuda. Todd does not agree and then suggests that they
walk. So he did not get the hint of the author.
evening they spent talking about Bermuda. All that while Stephen
expected Todd to remember the one dollar that he owed him. But he did
not explicitly mention that. Perhaps it was the embarrassement in
asking directly. It could be that in friendship one should not
explicitly ask money lent to friends and that too small amount like a
dollar. Perhaps it is a shame to ask directly.
inquires about the currency in Bermuda and its value as compared to the
American Dollar. He expected that Todd would remember that one dollar.
Todd seemed to have forgotten about that dollar completely. At dinner
later, Todd says casually that Poland does not per her debts.
Finally Stephen gives up the dollar from Tedd. He adds the name of
Tedd to the list of people owing him one dollar and have forgotten about
it. Also, he gets a thought that just as Todd has forgotten to return
one dollar, perhaps he himself also forgotten to return money he
borrowed from others. He does not remember any names. He wishes to
start a Honesty Movement for paying those the odd dollars (small
amounts) that he borrowed earlier. Honesty is important. The author
leaves a final comment in humour that he did not want Todd to see the
copy of the book with this story and read this story.
moral of the story is that small or big, one should return the money
owed to others. That amount may be important for the lender. Further,
it gives a great pain to the lender, if the borrower totally forgets
about money borrowed. An honest man remembers the help done by friends.