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Ardente v. Horan
Citation:117 R.I. 254, 366 A.2d 162
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William & Katherine Horan (collectively “the Horans”) (defendants) offered a home for sale. Ernest Ardente (plaintiff) made a bid of $250,000 for the home. The Horans directed their attorney to prepare an agreement and forward it to Ardente’s attorney. Ardente executed the agreement and his attorney delivered it to the Horans along with a $20,000 check and a letter. The letter sought confirmation as to whether certain items—a dining room set, a tapestry, fireplace fixtures, and sun parlor furniture—were included in the purchase of the home. The Horans refused to sell the enumerated items and did not sign the agreement. Instead, the Horans directed their attorney to return the agreement and check back to Ardente. Ardente sued the Horans for specific performance for the sale of the home.
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