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In Saki's short story "Fur," two friends find out who is true and who is not. Suzanne and Eleanor are friends. Eleanor seems to be the true friend. She agrees to meet with Suzanne's cousin Bertram to share with him what Suzanne desires for her birthday. Bertram is wealthy. Eleanor agrees to tell Bertram what Suzanne desires for her birthday. Eleanor is a true friend in every sense of the word.
Eleanor suggests that they meet Bertram on his afternoon walk. Then they can encourage him to enter the store which has nice furs. Eleanor has agreed to be the liaison and tell Bertram what Suzanne wants for her birthday, which is a nice fur.
While the two friends are waiting for Bertram to appear, Eleanor asks a favor of Suzanne. She asks Suzanne to sit in on a game of bridge with her aunts so Eleanor can be free to talk with a gentleman caller. Suzanne will not hear of such a suggestion. Selfishly, Suzanne says no to the idea of helping her friend Eleanor out of a bridge game.
When Bertram finally arrives at the store, Eleanor is upset with her friend Suzanne because she will not help her out of the bridge game. Instead of telling Bertram that Suzanne desires an expensive fur, she tells Bertram that Suzanne desires a fan, the exact thing she does not need. In this way, Eleanor gets back at Suzanne for not helping her out of the bridge game.
Eleanor gets revenge and she gets the fur that Suzanne desired. Suzanne should have been a true friend. She should not have been so selfish in thinking only of herself.
Eleanor is the true friend. Suzanne is selfish. She does not help her friend Eleanor out. Eleanor is so upset until she tricks Bertram into buying the fur for herself, not Suzanne.
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