"Ah ha ha ha. Incorrigible's the word. Let it never be said I didn't give it my best. I've thrown the kitchen sink at him. Finally, I let some students loose on him."
"Now there's a novel ploy. Did it work?"
"We'll see. I think I've got him on the ropes. Before much longer he's bound to throw in the towel."
"That's good to hear. Swagger though he may, he's one against the world."
"Exactly. He's in it alone and over his head. We're wearing him down. That's where you come in. I'd like you to call and scope things out."
"Understood. That's easy enough. I'll go over now and pay him a call. On my way home I'll let you know what I've found. The thought of it intrigues me - the stubborn one brought to his knees."
"Please do stop in on your way home. I'll look forward to your report."
Oh my. Ulterior motives abound. Men of industry, it would seem, are not to be taken lightly. At the wave of a hand, they can send my master, charred old lump of coal that he is, twirling into the deep end. They can rile and vex him till his hair falls out, consigning him to the same sad fate as Aeschylus. I can't say what force it was that set the earth to spinning on its axis, but I can say that, in these present times, it's money that moves the world. And its none other than men of enterprise who grasp the efficacy of money and wield its power to their own ends. Owing to these men, the sun rises in the east each day without incident and duly sets in the west. Having been brought up in the house of a scholar of meager means, I must confess I've been woefully ignorant of wealth's allure. In any event, it's my hardheaded and unenlightened master who'd best get wise. His hardheaded and unenlightened notions have put him in great peril. His very life, which he values most dearly, is at stake here. I've no idea how the master will receive Suzuki. To what extent he understands the situation he's in should, however, in due course reveal itself. There's no time to waste. As my master's cat, I'm invested greatly in his welfare. Without delay, I rush past Suzuki, reaching home in advance of his call.