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had plenty of bad traits, many of which were his parents'
fault. Then Pat would follow, complaining about his father.
Several times I suggested that the three of us sit down. I
said, “I'll take a day off. Why do you come to me with these
things? Say them to each other.” They couldn't talk to each
other this way. It was a ridiculous situation. I can't tell
you how much they love each other. I almost had a day set up
one time. I was going to be the great judge. Of course, I
loved the idea of this. Well, Pat and his father tried to
iron out their differences. This was when Alfred had made Pat
sales Manager on Monday and Pat had made some kind of a deal
with Krock-Brentano's where he gave them something that Alfred
didn't think he ought to have, and on Thursday told him that
he was no longer sales manager in front of three or four people.
This was awfully hard for Pat to take. He was a weakling to
take it as long as he did.
The climax came when it was obvious that they needed
another editor there. Alfred and Blanche were going off to
Europe and they told Pat that he could get another editor.
They seemed to realize, at last, that they had to give Pat
more authority. He was going to inherit the whole business.
So Pat dug up a man who was dissatisfied at Harper's, Mike
Bessie. I think that he and Robert Gottleib, who is now coming
to Knopf, incidentally, are the two most promising of all the
young publishers. They are publishers in every sense of the
word; and it was a great coup on Pat's part to get Mike Bessie.
Bessie was furious at Harper's because he had been passed over
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