British Mortgage employees who had borrowed to buy stock in the company were in debt and threatened with loss of their jobs; several anxious old people were hospitalized; money saved for a child’s education was lost. The confidence of all Stratford was shaken when its most honored citizen was suspected of making the unwise decisions that brought financial calamity to British Mortgage.
To anyone driving into Stratford — as I did on several fine days in the summer — the city seemed to be doing business as usual: motels flashed No Vacancy signs; restaurants were crowded. Playgoers filing into the theatres, tourists dawdling in gift shops, itinerant, barefooted beatniks, were all unaware of Stratford’s dilemma.
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