“ ‘We all have stories, just as you do. Ways in which he touched us, helped us, gave us money, sold it to us wholesale. Lots of stories, big and small. They all add up. Over a lifetime it all adds up. That’s why we’re here, William. We’re a a part of him, who he is, just as he is a part of us. You still don’t understand, do you?’
I didn’t. But as I stared at the man and he stared back at me, in my father’s dream I remembered where we’d met before.
‘And what did my father do for you?’ I asked him, and the old man smiled.
‘He made me laugh,’ he said.”