After Ralph puts a curse on George by sticking pins in an effigy, bad things happen. James is run over, the family's American assets plummet in the Wall Street Crash and beetles attack the rubber plantation, so that sub-standard rubber results, making balls that fail to bounce. George has to close the factory but asks the staff to stay on at reduced wages. Poppy agrees to marry Jerry, a dopey admirer, but Teddy is over the moon as the destruction of the rubber plantation frees him from going to Malaya. Furthermore, Madge's father has also lost his money in the crash and so he is free to get a job and marry Rose.
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