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An anxious man

Through his investments, Joseph becomes gripped by a seething, uncontrollable obsession

By James Lasdun   May 2006

Joseph Nagel slumped forward, head in hands.

“My God,” he groaned.

Elise snapped off the car radio. “Calm down, Joseph.”

“That’s four straight days since we got here.”

“Joseph, please.”

“What do you think we’re down now? Sixty? Eighty thousand?”

“It’ll come back.”

“We should have sold everything after the ?rst twenty. That would have been an acceptable loss. Given that we were too stupid to sell when we were actually ahead”

Joseph felt the petulant note in his voice, told himself to shut up, and plunged on:”I did say we should get out, didn’t I? Frankly, it was…

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