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Thinking about summoning, contracts, and Rumplestiltskin 

This morning thinking about old stories of summoning, which often end up being stories of barter or contract law. In particular, that there's often a supernatural party that ends up accepting the one thing that supernatural entities can't provide, which is human life (asking for a child or a human soul is common). What I'm puzzled by is why in so many of the stories, the petitioner is offered a "pity out" (as in Rumplestiltskin). To make the deal palatable? What modern contracts include an "out" clause to help convince people to sign?

@phooky the last few times i borrowed tens/hundreds of thousands of dollars, i received a fat stack (like, three or six) of "Notice of Cancellation" forms and was duly informed of my Right To Cancel for three days after signing.

@jleedev cancellation clauses are close, but I'm thinking of situations where you imagine you can get something for nothing, even though it's very unlikely.

@phooky "is an immortal soul a quid pro quo" - the greatest thread in the history of r/legaladviceofftopic, locked by a moderator after 12,239 pages of heated debate,

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