The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater:
Mr. Findlater, a henpecked husband, is weary of his marital situation. Thinking only of how unappreciative Mrs. Findlater is of him and all he does, he has a two fold desire: 1. to be rid of Mrs. Findlater, and 2. to live in the South Seas with the native poster girl of his dreams – Lalage. Whenever circumstances become somewhat uncomfortable for him, he retreats to his dream world where he lays in a hammock with Lalage doting over him, telling him how wonderful of a man he is and how much she appreciates his company. He shares with his dream darling his other dream that he has – that of coming home from work and finding out Mrs. Findlater has died of a stroke. He confesses to his imaginary belle how this dream brings him much joy. Lalage (now taking on more of an alter ego of Mr. Findlater or a demonic presence than a fantasy island girl) suggests to Mr. Findlater that he could assist in the removal of Mrs. Findlater. At first he balks at the idea of such a hideous thing, but as they walk along contemplating it, he begins to warm up to the idea. Oddly enough, while talking with Lalage, he happens upon a gun, loaded, and unattended. With a little encouragement from Lalage, he decides to take it, thinking owning a gun could be an adventuresome thing.
He thinks no more about Lalage’s proposition until one day he is in a public restroom alone. The door strangely is stuck shut and he can’t get out. He calls for help, yet no one can hear. He leans out the open window and yells for someone, but no one is able to hear him. Lalage suggests that this is the perfect room for an alibi to Mrs. Findlater’s murder. This begins the elaborate scheme of Mr. Findlater, from working out to get in shape so he could climb the rope in and out of the window, to a silly disguise so the neighbors don’t see him entering his own home when he intends to shoot his wife – he even convinces Mrs. Findlater to leave all her possession to someone other than him so it appears he has no motive to murder.
The day comes, and he sneaks out, as he walks into his house, fully anticipating the fulfillment of his 3rd dream, his 2nd dream becomes reality – the doctor comes down the steps, seeing through the disguise and informing him that Mrs. Findlater has passed due to a stroke. Yet unlike the look of satisfaction that he has in that dream, he has more of a look of unfulfilled desire.
You see, Mr. Findlater’s two initial dreams lead to his third – the murder of his wife. (As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.) Having brought you up to where the story ironically leaves us, I’ll leave you to ponder the point I want to make:
“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”
To quote another character created by A.A. Milne (the author of this elaborate plot)… “Think! Think! Think!” ~ Winnie the Pooh