Daniel Dehpour blossomed into something definite in the business world.
The walnut-importing business had proved to be a lucrative enterprise.
He filled the public eye as a partner in Haim
& Dehpour with offices in Tehran and Baghdad, and other
things about it that sounded and looked grandiose. The offices
in the two capitals may have consisted — and probably did —
of one room in each; but at a distance all
this had an air. Business associates were more puzzled than
dazzled, it is true; but even the most sober-minded among
them began to think that there was something in it.
Paraphrases from the novel Victory by Joseph Conrad.