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Haste and miscalculation, as has been noted, robbed even the finished work of final efficacy. What is important to know about America and Americans at this time should now be manifest. It was politically impossible in the late 1970s to compel even part of industry to suspend production for a mere twelve to eighteen months to make essential changes in techniques. The American citizenry revealed in its great majority that it was addicted to consumerism, in effect, and the projected period of goods withdrawal resulted in mass symptoms not unlike those of a drug-deprived addict.
The size of a dark puddle on the floor and its extent on the carpet showed that this operation had been standard for some period of time. We went to the elevators when we were free of the stuff, leaving Bill to mop at the water and slush we’d contributed: I rang. Bill had to charge the main doors and do verbal, then some physical, battle with three boys of about twelve who wore jackets and looked to be getting waxy cheeks. Miles rushed back and ordered him to let them in. I heard a few sentences from the radio in the rotonde: “.
The Smythes were living in a tower penthouse now, near the pair of duplexes they’d called home and offices when I met Miles. Horicon, the butler, was old but very able, still and unwilling to retire, for which all were grateful. ” We went on to the drawing room. Both Pat and Zillah, Pat’s daughter by a former husband, were in the front room. A fire muttered on the hearth, and drinks were being made by Zill, who’d heard us come in. Pat was displayed by a chaise beside the fire, and I was struck as always by the fact that she had not let time manage things.
The End of the Dream by Phillip Wylie