And I'm not sorry. Because
you've made me alive again. And I'm going to be alive now till I die.
"Funny--I was never so anxious about anything happening as I have been
about--our approaching mutual disappearance. Especially the last six
months when I've been planning. But now that's settled.
"Mary will have more than enough and the children are grown. They won't
know--I still have brains enough to settle that and money will do nearly
everything. It'll be a nine days' wonder. 'Sudden Disappearance of
Prominent Financier--Foul Play Suspected' and that'll be all.
"As for the Commercial--I haven't come to my age without finding out that
nobody in the world is indispensable. If a taxi ran over me tomorrow
they'd have to do without me--and Harris and the young men can handle
"But you know where there'll be an elderly gentleman retired from business
with a country house and a garden he can putter around in all his worst
clothes. And a wife that reads Dickens to him in the evening--oh yes,
Rose, we'll take Dickens along. And he'll be pretty contented as things
go--that retired old gentleman.