Education: Case of the $5 Bill

The grey-haired Harvard law professor asked his class: "Does anyone have a $5 bill?" When a student waved one aloft, Professor William Lloyd Prosser beckoned him down front, transferred the money with a flourish to his own wallet. Then he folded his hands across his belly and smiled broadly at Second-Year Student William Poindexter. The class snickered. Poindexter blushed.

Said Prosser: "Now, Mr. Poindexter, what are your rights?" Poindexter and his classmates, pondering legal recourses for the rest of the hour, disagreed. Remarked the professor: "Since we have not reached a conclusion, I...

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