First, the characters walked down the street, and discuss their problems.
Secondly, Braling 1 showed his friend Smith his ticket to Rio.
Then, Braling 1 showed Smith Braling 2, his replacement when he would be in RIo.
" Dear Rio. I never did see it after all my plans. "
Also, Braling 1 showed Smith Marionette INc.'s card, so he could buy a Marionette.
" He drew forth a long ticket." "Why it's a ticket for Rio on the Thursday rocket!" "
After, Braling 1 realized his wife was a Marionette.
" "Hello, Braling," he said. "Hell, Braling," said Braling. THey were identical. Smith stared. "Is this your twin brother? I never knew..." "NO,no" said Braling quietly. "Bend close. Put your er to Braling Two's chest." Smith hesitated and then leaned forward to place his head against the uncomplaining ribs. Tick-Tick-Tick."
Lastly, Braling 2 won the battle for Neddie.
"Where'd you get him?" "Isn't he excellently fashioned?" "Incredible. Where?" "Give the man your card, Braling 2" Braling 2 did a magic trick and produced a white card.
Marionettes Inc. Duplicate self or friends; new humanoid plastic 1990 models, guarenteed against all physical wear. From $7,600 to our $15,000 du luxe model.
"And then the horrid thought. And then the terror and the loneliness engulfed him. And then the fever and disillusionment. For, without desiring to do so, he bent forward and yet forward again until his fevered ear waws resting firmly and irrevocably upon her round pink bosom. "Nettie!" he cried. TIck-TIck-TIck"
"Ten minutes later Mrs. BRaling awoke. She put her hand to her cheek. Someone had just kissed it. She shivered and looked up. "Why... You haven't done that in years," she murmured. "We'll see what we can do about that," Someone said."