John Bentley was a playboy who was looking for a rich woman to live comfortably. He found that woman in Anne Wentworth, a rich sick widow, so John thought that if he could marry her, the illness would soon kill Anne and he would become the sole heir of Wentworth's wealth. John succeeded in his scheme, courting Anne and succeeding in marrying her and in fact shortly after Anne died becoming in fact heir, but at the time of reading of the will John discovered that the disease for which Anne had died was contagious and from there little by little he too would have died so unable in his intent to enjoy the wealth inherited.

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