The story revolves around three men: Norbert who is a schemer, Nachman who supposedly writes, and Ali who is a prince. Ali needs a paper written so Norbert directs him to Nachman who never writes the paper but blames the post office for never mailing it for him. The last line of this comical story gives one a glimpse into the mind of the author:
"he [Nachman] remembered the supervisor who looked at him suspiciously and asked with a skeptical tone, 'You're sure you mailed it?' Nachman wasn't sure, but then he hardly even remembered having written the paper, not one word."