2669. So don’t think badly of the salesman because if the situation were reversed his reactions would be exactly the opposite. Imagine that he is returning to his hotel and the building is surrounded by fire trucks. A crowd has formed and he joins it. He asks a person what is going on. He hears, “The hotel is on fire and six Chinese miners are trapped inside the elevator.”
2670. Three hours later the miners are led to safety unharmed and wrapped in blankets, a look of terror still in their eyes. As they are brought out they pass quite close to the salesman who has remained rooted to the spot the entire time. He looks one of the miners in the eye from just a few inches away. He can never get that image out of his mind and thinks of it ever after whenever he steps on an elevator.