The optimist believes this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
The Silver Stallion
Captain, you obviously don’t know what an Old Man of the Sea great wealth is. It is not a fat purse and time to spend it. Its owner finds himself beset on every side, at every hour, wherever he goes, by persistent pleaders, like beggars in Bombay, each demanding that he invest or give away part of his wealth. He becomes suspicious of honest friendship – indeed honest friendship is rarely offered him; those who could have been his friends are too fastidious to be jostled by beggars, too proud to risk being mistaken for one.
Worse yet, his life and the lives of his family are always in danger. Captain, have your daughters ever been threatened with kidnapping?
> What? Good Lord, I should hope not!
If you possessed the wealth Mike had thrust on him, you would have those girls guarded night and day – and even then you would not rest, because you would never be sure that those very guards were not tempted. Look at the records of the last hundred or so kidnappings in this country and note how many of them involved a trusted employee – and note, too, how few victims escaped alive. Then ask yourself: is there any luxury wealth can buy which is worth having your daughters’ pretty necks always in a noose?