This chapter starts off at 6:40 Tuesday evening in the office with Theodore Falk in the Red Leather Chair.
Flashback to the past four and a half hours before lunch where Archie says:
much had been done but nothing visible had been accomplished.
Boy, have I had a bunch of those lately…
They decide that Cramer will be let in if he comes.
Saul Panzer, Fred Durkin and Orrie Cather have been hired with Fred and Orrie getting $8 and Saul getting $15 per hour and are to report Wednesday morning at 10 am.
Falk is checked up on with a vp at Wolfe’s bank and Lon Cohen.
Archie gives a good description of him this paragraph:
I had learned that Falk was way up. He was a senior member of one of the oldest and solidest investment firms and sat on eight boards of directors. He had a wife and three grown-up children, and he and they were also solid socially. Evidently a man the race could be proud of, and from personal observation the only thing I had against him was his buttoned-down shirt collar. A man who hates loose flaps so much that he buttons down his collar should also button down his ears.
Wolfe wants to know if Odell were going to do something “Opprobrious. Mean. Furtive. Knavish. Tricky.” would he tell anyone.
Falk while thinking about it looks at the pictures and gives Archie a excuse to describe them to us. 😉
One of Socrates, one of Shakespeare, and an unwashed coal miner in oil by Sepeshy. (According to Wolfe, man’s three resources: intellect, imagination, and muscle.)
After a quick search it looks like the oil was by Zoltan Sepeshy (1898-1974). Some information about him is at: http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/3aa/3aa226.htm
Any other info on these paintings?
After balking a bit Falk talks to Wolfe about the LSD and says that if Odell had been going to do what he, Wolfe and the police all suspected he was up to that he would have told no one. He also says he wants the case cracked and that is why he is there, because there are things that Mrs Odell wouldn’t tell the police that she would tell Wolfe so he has a much better chance of catching the killer.
Falk’s feeling is that the bomb was meant for Browning.
He also thinks that it may have been meant for Meer as Browning’s man friday and put there by Copes who would like to have his job. He thinks but doesn’t know a lot of other thing too. Archie says he could fill another three or four pages with things Theodore Falk didn’t know but they were of no help.
Descriptions of the evening conclude with Fritz coming to announce dinner just after Archie lets Falk out and them undecided if he was truthful or not.
The chapter ends at 11:10 Wednesday morning when the doorbell rang and it was Cramer:
Archie thinks that now that Cramer has come on the scene that Wolfe will buckle down and go to work.
Wolfe made a face, opened his mouth and then clamped his jaw, and in five seconds unclamped it to growl, “Bring him.”
And so ends chapter 8. Lots of questions still but not many answers.
Comments, corrections, criticism requested.