The story “A Helpless Situation.” It is about a letter Mark Twain has received from a woman writer, who asked him to commend her work to the producer because her uncle and Twain used to know each other. She hoped that by Twain’s influence in the literary world, her work could get the attention from the publisher. Instead of replying her letter by a straight-to-the-point refusal, Twain imagined the conversation he would have with the publisher and put it in the letter. The talk was lively and interesting, but its aim was not to amuse, but to move. He wanted the woman to believe that ability, but not influence played a more crucial world in writers’ world.