"`A fellow who'd worked for him accused him of stealing some kind of idea or invention from him. Rosewater was his name. He tried to shake Wynant down by threatening to shoot him, bomb his house, kidnap his children, cut his wife's throat — I don't know what all — if he didn't come across. We never caught him — must've scared him off. Anyway, the threats stopped and nothing happened.'
"Nora stopped drinking to ask: `Did Wynant really steal it?'
"`Tch, tch, tch,' I said. `This is Christmas Eve: try to think good of your fellow man.'"
— Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
© Peter Rozovsky 2010