By John D. MacDonald
Sam Glidden owed all his luck to the possibilities he'd bought from Thomas McGann, president of the Harrison company. yet now McGann was once useless, and Mike Dean, a wildly flamboyant enterprise speculator, was once seeking to upload the Harrison company to his lengthy checklist of conquests. McGann's spoiled offspring, Tommy and Louise, observed the opportunity to make quick immense dollars by means of promoting out their stocks. yet Sam Glidden could not stand to determine every thing he'd labored for devoured up through a barracuda like Mike Dean. So he wangled a call for participation to the sand-and-surf soiree Dean deliberate for Louise and Tommy within the Bahamas ...
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It’s only three quarters of a mile away. Our boat is tied up at the club dock and we’ll have to run to Dubloon Cay. " When we were in the shade of the terminal building I looked back. He was talking to the crew and they were bobbing their heads. Two Bahama boys were helping Ricky get the luggage off. I had the same big old brown stuffed suitcase I had taken to college. There was a big case that I imagined belonged to Tommy. Both women seemed to have four matched cases each. All the baggage went in one cab, and Fletcher Bowman split us, three and three, in the other two cabs.
Spiritually, I was closer to Mike Dean If I wanted anything, I had to go get it. But the stratification wasn’t that simple. It could not be called the case of the noble working man versus the idle and decadent rich. Certainly damn little nobility in the working man at Harrison in the past few years. Not the way work standards were set. I am no bloated capitalistic exploiter, but some of the situations in our shop sickened me. The way standards were set, on some operations, a man could perform in two hours what we had to pay for on the basis of an eight-hour day.
Five years ago, when I was twenty-five, I paid him back the last dime. In view of what he had done for me, I had to choose my words carefully in talking to Louise. "I’m grateful to your father, Louise, but that doesn’t alter my objective opinion of him. " She stared at me for long seconds. She looked very lovely. She was wearing crisp white shorts with a red stripe down the sides, a red halter, red straw slippers. Her black and glossy hair was tied back with a white ribbon. She is not quite tall, and her bone structure is fragile and fine.