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Stephen Leacock intended to make a very simple transaction at the bank, but he had never had any previous experience with banking and made a hash of it. He asked for a private interview with the...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2016 2:19 pm UTC

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As subsequent events demonstrate, the narrator doesn't know much about how banks work. All he knows is that he gets incredibly nervous whenever he enters one. The clerks, the little windows, the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 7:22 am UTC

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The narrator attempted to open an account secretly. Upon entering the bank, the narrator asked to speak to the manager privately. Because of the narrator's nervous agitation and air of secrecy, the...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018 8:18 pm UTC

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The bank manager is obviously annoyed because the narrator causes so much trouble about opening what is a very small account. The narrator, presumably Stephen Leacock himself, only wants to deposit...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016 2:50 pm UTC

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The bank manager is initially a bit "spooked" by the narrator's furtive and solemn manner. Leacock wants to open a small account and has the idea that he must go through the manager. Any teller...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 5:32 pm UTC

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One could argue that the central topic of “My Financial Career” is the little man vs the big corporation. Leacock’s awkward, cack-handed efforts to transact what should be a simple piece of...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2020 10:58 am UTC

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The author says that every time he goes to a bank, he gets rattled. On this occasion, he visits the bank because he has had a small pay increase and feels that he must deposit the money in the bank...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 5:19 pm UTC

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The roar of laughter can be attributed to Leacock's actions while attempting to make a deposit. Leacock's excessively furtive behavior and fumbling actions likely made him a comical figure in the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 3:58 pm UTC

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Stephen Leacock grew up on a farm, so it is understandable that he might have been awkward and self-conscious when he got his first job in a city and decided to open a bank account because his...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2013 12:05 am UTC

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In “My Financial Career,” Stephen Leacock presents a person’s (possibly) first experience with banking. The narrator has just had a salary increase and would like to open a bank account for this...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 12:57 pm UTC

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As soon as he sets foot in the bank, the narrator feels incredibly nervous. Everything about banks makes him feel jittery: the clerks, the sight of money, the little windows at the counters. All in...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 8:42 am UTC

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The narrator describes the accountant as a 'tall, cool devil,' and that the very sight of him unsettles the narrator. Here, Leacock is presenting his readers with a humorous description of the...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 4:26 pm UTC

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My Financial Career is a (very) short story about a man who nervously walks into a bank, deposits his $56, mistakenly draws it out again, leaves amidst "a roar of laughter," and then vows to never...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 6:12 am UTC

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The first example of humor in Stephen Leacock's short story "My Financial Career" is the inappropriate nature of the title. The grandiloquent words lead the reader to expect the story of a true...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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Stephen Leacock’s story “My Financial Career” tells of a man who is very nervous about interacting with the staff of a bank where he is opening a new account. “Reckless with misery” ironically...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 6:00 am UTC

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The narrator is so awkward and out of his depth in the bank that he manages to convey an entirely false impression of who he actually is. He is just a simple man running a simple errand; all he...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 11:15 am UTC

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Stephen Leacock's story concerns a man who seems to have anxiety issues about money. He further shows nervousness regarding interactions with people in authority. More generally, he may become...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 1:39 pm UTC

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Stephen Leacock was one of the most popular humorists of his time, along with Robert Benchley, James Thurber, and E. B. White, all of whom wrote about their personal foibles and phobias. They were...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2013 8:08 pm UTC

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Stephen Leacock concludes his light personal essay with the following: As the big door swung behind me I caught the echo of a roar of laughter that went up to the ceiling of the bank. Since then...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013 12:23 pm UTC

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An adjective is a "describing word," and there are various adjectives that can be used at various points of this short story to describe our narrator's behavior. The first adjective I would mention...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 3:41 pm UTC

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This incident, as Leacock describes it, must have looked more than a little irregular if viewed from an outside perspective. He asks to see the manager in private, suggesting himself to be a person...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019 4:39 pm UTC

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As Stephen Leacock makes abundantly clear in “My Financial Career,” going to the bank is a pretty traumatic experience for him. He doesn't feel any kind of connection with banks; he doesn't feel...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2020 10:37 am UTC

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The narrator always gets nervous in banks, which is why he makes a series of embarrassing mistakes when he tries to deposit some money. After the bank manager has established, to his considerable...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 7:49 am UTC

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You could critically appreciate Stephen Leacock's effective use of simple English, including his natural dialogue. "My Financial Career," like most of Leacock's other humorous essays, is so easy to...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 11:39 pm UTC

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The narrator of "My Financial Career" is immediately overwhelmed as soon as he enters the bank, and he is ill at ease. He knew that this would be his reaction even before he entered the bank (as he...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 3:44 am UTC

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"My Financial Career" is a short story written by Stephen Leacock. It follows the story of a man's very confusing first visit to a bank. Right at the start of this short story, when the author...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021 11:16 am UTC

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The short answer to your question is that everything related to his visit to the bank rattles the protagonist in this short story. I would argue that he is probably a nervous person in general, and...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2021 6:34 pm UTC

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“My Financial Career” is a short story by Stephen Leacock. The story is written in the first person and tells the reader about a person going to the bank in order to open a bank account. We don’t...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020 11:59 am UTC

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Stephen Leacock's "My Financial Career" is a bit of an odd story—it is very short, and very few events really transpire. A rough summary would be that the narrator nervously walks into a bank to...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 6:48 pm UTC

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The furtive behavior of the narrator upon entering the bank is misinterpreted by everyone, including the manager and the accountant, as a sign that he's a very important person indeed. They've...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2021 10:54 am UTC

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The author deposited his money with help from the bank accountant and clerk. As the story progresses, we understand how nervous the author is. He enters a bank to deposit a sum of fifty-six...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2018 3:17 pm UTC

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The narrator is asked to come out of the bank vault. In the story, the narrator is filled with anxiety about making financial transactions at the bank. He first approaches the manager, assuming...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 8:18 pm UTC

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