In an effort to do good, to get Fiona’s attention,
Ben threw himself into work, and it became all about
the money, making enough to impress her and then enough
to protect himself, and just taking it in, making money
from money. There was so much money out there, money
that could be his for just having an opinion, a
point of view, making a good guess. It was the
game of money, the fun of money, it was addictive,
and he kept winning. He’d tell himself that he’d won
two million dollars, he’d won a big bonus, he’d won
the admiration of those around him who took it seriously.
Paraphrases from the novel This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes.