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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rose VanDusenberg, parts 990 - 993

990. The manager explained to him some of the most basic considerations of a successful business venture.  He went through the bother of adding up the cost of  a painting, adding also a small amount for Coromo's time and subtracting for the occasional failure. He arrived at a price of eighteen dollars for each painting; this was a price that would allow replacement of materials and a hefty two dollar profit per picture.

991. "So you see Coromo," pontificated the manager, "When the concession gift store prices its photo gift plaques at twenty-five dollars it is not an inflated price at all but simply a price that includes all of the necessary expenses involved in being able to sell something and yet make a modest return." 

 992. Coromo did try selling his paintings for $19.95  each, instead of two dollars, but he was not surprised to find out that although everyone wanted paintings for a dollar or two, nobody wanted his pictures when they cost twenty dollars. Even lowering the price to fifteen dollars did no good. He had to repress a growing feeling of resentment as every day he saw that the resort guests would spend a hundred dollars for dinner, but not spend twenty for one of his original paintings.

993. The worst part was having to take the manager's advice, advice he felt would never work out, not because the advice did not make sense, but because he knew that the man did not like him. He was forced to fall back on desperate means, he decided to take his Grandmother's advice and pray to God for a solution to his problem.

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