A Conspiracy of Address Book Salesmen

by Peter Cherches

It's the fourteenth century, and a man is leafing through his address book. He notices that more than two-thirds of the entries are obsolete. So he buys a new address book and begins to transfer the names and addresses of the living. All over Europe people are doing likewise. The address book sellers are experiencing an unprecedented prosperity, yet they are also vilified, as much of the populace believes them to be directly responsible for the plague.