My neighbour’s only son inherited a fortune when his father died. Unfortunately, my neighbour forgot to teach him the basic virtues of life. It is a fundamental rule of the world that a rich and ignorant man is always surrounded by fair-weather and sycophant friends. Goaded on by these scoundrels, my neighbour’s son did not need much time to lose his fortune in a matter of a few years. One other rule of nature is that the evil friends always sense in advance when fortune is going to bid farewell to the spendthrift. No professor of economics can compete with them in this art. His wife left this unfortunate man a little before he became bankrupt.