Moses Haim was ambitious, self-confident, often arrogant, elastic, and vigorous.

For the much older Daniel Dehpour, Haim was the perfect

business partner, the skilled collaborator. Daniel’s meager, steadily dwindling savings

had led to a forced reorganization of his enterprise and

unanticipated legal complications nearly prompted liquidation. Failure was probable; hostility

and ridicule were almost certain. But with the arrival of

the young entrepreneur Daniel had found an estimable colleague: someone

to share the debts and rejuvenate the operation. Moses was

precisely the intimate Daniel needed: confidante, stimulus, fellow speculator shocked

at nothing. “You are my alter ego,” Daniel told him.


Paraphrases from Freud: A Life for Our Time by Peter Gay.