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Money is Power in Exchange Value by Charles Johnson Author Charles Johnson provides us with a brief look into human nature and the profound affect money has on people in his short story Exchange Value The plot of the story is simple a basic rags to riches story with a 1990s twist It centers around two brothers who live in a poverty ridden apartment These brothers Loftis and Cooter decided to break into an old eccentric womans apartment She has lived down the hall from them their entire lives and when they do not see her begging for food on a daily basis as she normally would they correctly deduce that perhaps she may have died After gaining entry into her filthy smelly booby trapped apartment they see all the riches she had hoarded The brothers feel like they are in Aladdins cave They find various strange items as the younger brother Cooter describes But her living room webbed in dust be filled to the max with dollars of all denominations stacks of stock General Motors Gulf Oil and 3m Company in old White Owl cigar boxes battered purses or bound in pink rubber bands It be like the kind of cubby hole kids play in but filled with things everything like a world inside the world you take it from me so like a picture book scenes of plentifullness you could seal yourself off in here and settle forever There be unopened cases of Jack Daniels three safes cemented to the floor hundreds of matchbooks unworn clothes a fuel burning stove
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