with an old friend now retired from business, or readendless detective stories while listening to his stereo unit.The day-to-day' running of his property company hadpassed to Sara just at a time when she most needed to befully occupied, and she had thrown herself into a businesslife', with dedication and energy. She had been fortunate inthat her father's assistant, Jason Wood, had been cheerfulabout teaching her the business. She had been afraidJason would feel bitter about working for a young woman.But her fears were groundless. Jason adjusted calmly to thenew situation and proved invaluable to her. He knew moreabout the property situation than most men had forgotten,and his quick wits and business acumen were remarkable. After two years Sara had lost her first nervousness aboutmaking mistakes. She had become confident, shrewd andknowledgeable about all the details of the job. More andmore Jason was able to leave the work to her and get onwith that part of the business which had always been hisforte, the actual choice of investments and newdevelopments.Harrison & Company were not an enormous internationalfirm, but they were soundly based and growing year byyear. Sara knew that she herself was the chief beneficiaryof her father's will, and that the company would one day behers, for Sam Harrison had believed in keeping thecompany shares in the control of the family, and that, sincehe had only one child, meant Sara.