In many cases, you can find it easier to develop a story if you center it around an object. For instance, in Richard Davidson’s Forgive Us Our Trespasses, an antique smoking table with several secret compartments plays a key role. Initially, Arthur Blake’s father is disturbed by items he finds in what he believes to be the table’s only hidden compartment. During the investigation of the significance of these items, additional secrets of the table are found which affect the outlooks of the characters. Magical wardrobes, ruby slippers, and note-containing floating bottles are other key objects that have assisted in the telling of well-known stories.