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.