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Gold is the ultimate hedge against the debauchment of paper currency.
Bob Goody is the crusty old man, some distant relative of Fagin, Estragon or God, who literally pulls the strings to open--and close--the curtains on the latest debauchment in the Match Girl's brief life.
The gambit is this: after the suicide of his former tutor Xavier, Maumort finds among his papers a fifty-page diary describing his calamitous debauchment of a village youth.