From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) PEACE: Smart Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 00:31:36 -0500 Ian quoted and wrote: >> We are told that for 25 years, since the death of Olivia, that Smart did not >> speak to his nephew, Weer. We are not told why. Despite this estrangement, >> when Julius died, Weer inherited the company. Again, why? > >I had always thought that Weer gaining control of the company was >completely independent of his connection to Smart. When Smart died (or >retired) Weer had been at the company the longest and was the best man for >the job. Is there any evidence that disproves this? It has been a while >since I read PEACE. The plant existed before Weer went to work there, so whether or not he was the longest-tenured employee, after Smart, I couldn't say. But in any event, succession to ownership of a business by seniority of employment is unheard of, at least by me. And Weer was hardly the best qualified employee; by his own account he was "an unimportant employee of the corporation he [Smart] had founded". (148) -Roy --