At the manor of eccentric robot maker Charles Braling, delivery men bring in equipment as small mechanical robots patrol the grounds and bring in his supplies. His solicitor, St. John Court, arrives and reluctantly agrees to have all of Charles' money brought there. He warns it isn't safe but Charles insists there's no danger...Read the full recap
Charles Braling: What do you want?
Richard Braling: You know I always pop by each week to see how you are.
Charles Braling: Your attendance here, Richard, is prompted by one of two motives. Plan A, to see if I'm dead. Plan B, if I am unhappily still living, touch me for some money.
Richard Braling: You can't die, Charles. Who would I have to hate then?
Charles Braling: Help yourself to another drink, Richard. Sun will be over the yardarm in eight hours.
Charles Braling: Lend me a hand with this, uh, lid.
Richard Braling: For your coffin? Any time.
Changes from the short story:
* Charles Braling is established as not just an inventor in the episode, but a robotics expert. This allows the addition of several clockwork robots, and removes the character of a gardener from the short story.
* St. John Court, the lawyer, does not appear in the short story.
* Richard's death is exceedingly more graphic in the short story, where he is embalmed while still alive.