In his late fifties Ben Shirazi, like almost all the

partners who reached that age except for the top three

or four, had retired from Deloitte; by then he was

worth easily five million dollars and he was soon sitting on

numerous corporate boards, eventually being named chairman of Procter &

Gamble, for whom he’d done arbitrage in his early days.

He’d become a consultant to a Boston buyout firm

specializing in financial institutions, and always looked for potential acquisitions.

Despite the continuing responsibilities and the demands on Ben’s time,

he continued to visit his parents on the West Side.


Paraphrases from the novel Everyman by Philip Roth.