An Imperfect Conflagration by Ambrose Bierce

A father/son team have committed a burglary and are dividing the spoils when the father holds back a fancy music box and denies he has it. This causes the son to end their partnership. He accomplishes this with a handy hatchet which he later uses on his mother. An insurance policy is taken out on the house to enrich the son when he burns it down. The fire is also intended to dispose of his parents bodies. The story is an example of Bierce black humor.

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