What is a summary of "The Fly in the Ointment"?

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The fly in the ointment is the brief story of the father of a low ranked lecturer named Harold who's manifacturing business had gone bankrupt.

The story is set in the late afternoon of November and the son went to pay a visit. The two individuals get into a discussion regarding the father not caring about money any more and how he can live without the trouble of thinking about it any longer. 

No longer after a fly enters the room and the father immediately concentrates his anger onto it. But unable to kill it he asks his son for help in a 'shamefull' tone.

Harold feeling pity for his own dad he offers some money to confort the father. His father immediatly storms his son with questions like "why didn't you tell me before".