Conversation came to a dead halt here, and again Mrs Keeling, with growing resentment, took in Norah from head to foot. The seconds were beaten out sonorously by the pink clock on the chimney-piece, and at last Norah, now growing thoroughly uncomfortable in this hostile atmosphere, rose. I do admit to worrying sometimes about future generations of the Waltons. I know it's unrealistic of meto expect them all to get up and throw paper routes, and I know it's something I can't control. But I'dhate to see any descendants of mine fall into the category of what I'd call "idle rich"a group I've neverhad much use for. I really hope that somehow the values both Helen and I, and our kids, have alwaysembraced can be passed on down through the generations. And even if these little future Waltons don'tfeel the need to work from dawn on into the night to stay ahead of the bill collector, I hope they'll feelcompelled to do something productive and useful and challenging with their lives. Maybe it's time for aWalton to start thinking about going into medical research and working on cures for cancer, or figuringout new ways to bring culture and education to the underprivileged, or becoming missionaries for freeenterprise in the Third World. Or maybeand this is strictly my ideathere's another Walton merchantlurking in the wings somewhere down the line. Dorlcote Mill was rebuilt. And Dorlcote churchyard 鈥?where the brick grave that held a father whom we know, was found with the stone laid prostrate upon it after the flood 鈥?had recovered all its grassy order and decent quiet. 亚洲黄色 If we fail to live up to somebody's hypothetical projection for what we should be doing, I don't care. Itmay knock our stock back a little, but we're in it for the long run. We couldn't care less about what isforecast or what the market says we ought to do. If we listened very seriously to that sort of stuff, wenever would have gone into small-town discounting in the first place. As helpful as that franchise program was to an eager-to-learn twenty-seven-year-old kid, ButlerBrothers wanted us to do things literally by the booktheir book. They really didn't allow their franchiseesmuch discretion. The merchandise was assembled inChicago,St. Louis, orKansas City. They told mewhat merchandise to sell, how much to sell it for, and how much they would sell it to me for. They toldme that their selection of merchandise was what the customers expected. They also told me I had to buyat least 80 percent of my merchandise from them, and if I did, I would get a rebate at year-end. If Iwanted to make a 6 or 7 percent net profit, they told me I would have to hire so much help and do somuch advertising. This is how most franchises work.