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ID
b94
Title
Finger Wet, Finger Dry
Genre
Story
Page Count
9
Word Count
2200
Publisher
Argosy
John O'London's Weekly
Story
Publication Year
1936
Document Types
Film & Television
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Uncle Silas Stories
Topics
Boyhood, Sex

The title is the phrase used by the narrator to promise secrecy as his Uncle Silas tells a very tall tale of an adventure with a woman, hiding in the cellar when her husband arrives, being forgotten by her for a week, and subsisting on stewed nails. A television adaptation starring Albert Finney was aired in 2003. In John O'London's Weekly (October 9, 1936), Story (January 1937), The Best Short Stories of 1937 (London: Cape, 1937), Something Short and Sweet (1937), My Uncle Silas (1939), Argosy (March 1942). Reprinted in Laughter in a Damp Climate (1963).