'The Husband I Bought' by Ayn Rand

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2016-07-09 06:24

After about a year in America, at age 21 in 1926, Ayn Rand wrote her first short story in English. It's called The Husband I Bought. Surprisingly, perhaps, it's fairly long, sophisticated, and good. If you haven't read it yet, a copy is located here: http://liberalinstitute.com/Hu...

But it's somewhat depressing and defeatist, so I recently gave it a new ending. My idea was to omit the downbeat stuff and replace it with something upbeat -- like the beginning of the story. Here it is: http://liberalinstitute.com/Hu...

But after I wrote it, I realized I had omitted roughly the last 65% of Rand's rather sacred words. That didn't seem right. So I gave it another new ending, but this time retaining about the first 97% of the original story. Here it is: http://liberalinstitute.com/Hu...

I hope everyone enjoys the original, and the two new versions! Smiling