LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 7, page 2 of 4)


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Chapter 7

"Well, Mr. Tesla, have you considered the Cataract Company offer?"

"Yes, Mr. Adams."

"Have you reached a conclusion?"

"Yes, I have."

"Very good, what is it?"

"Tell your associate, Mr. Morgan, I have the highest respect for him."

"I see. Is that all?"

"Tell him I have a great respect for him and for the companies he has chosen to represent. Especially his own company, which I regard with esteem."

"I see. Is that all?"

"I guess you know what I am leading to, Mr. Adams."

"Please tell me."

"I am grateful for the $40,000 advance. I shall endeavor to make good of the money, but for the greater offer, I have decided to decline."

"Is that your final word on the offer?"

"Yes, it is Mr. Adams."

Mr. Adams says, "Then I guess this discussion is finished."

"Yes, it seems to be concluded." Mr. Adams stands, "Then I guess I have no further business."

"Tesla responds, "It seems not." He heads for the door.

"Goodby Mr. Tesla."

"Goodby sir.

Later, the Johnsons wander the neighborhood near his hotel and find him feeding the pigeons. Katherine says, "Come, let's get something to eat. We'll work something out."

My life's work has gone up in smoke."

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