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The Wise Investor


tired again. He wondered whether he was going too
quickly, whether he should give her more time to
think over the things he was saying.
"How do you feel, Kate?" he asked.
"My head is swimming," she said quietly,
"swimming with new ideas. I never imagined that
you would say all these things. I simply thought you
would give me a few tips, and that would be the end
of it."
John felt a bit put out. Perhaps he had done the
wrong thing, perhaps he was going too deep, saying
things that were better left unsaid. She was right; all
she had been expecting was a few hot tips.
"Don't worry, John," she said looking up at him.
"I am very grateful that you have taken the time to
tell me these things. It's all very new, I must admit,
and I have never sat down and thought about my
finances in such a deep way. I can see clearly now,
that if you had just made a few comments, instead
of starting at the start, you would have been wasting
our time."
This made her grandfather feel better, and he
decided that it was the right approach after all. It
had taken him a lifetime, a very long lifetime, to
learn the things he was teaching Kate, and he could
not expect her to absorb the ideas over-night."
"Let's rest a little, dear," he said. "Let us sit in the
cool evening together. Let us say nothing, just enjoy
being here."
They sat together in silence.
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