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Old October 2 2012, 02:10 PM   #25
horatio83
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Re: Would the Neutral Zone have better without the 20th century charac

T'Girl wrote: View Post
horatio83 wrote: View Post
Yeah, the guy is basically a total moron (a business man who presumes that a company lasts three centuries is incompetent) who doesn't understand anything ...
Ralph Offenhouse's occupation was as a financier. The oldest bank in the world currently is the Italian Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which is 540 years old. The oldest stock brokerage, Antwerp Bourse, is 552 years. Some banks in America are over two centuries old. So for Ralph to find himself 370 years in the future, it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibilities (al least in his own mind) that his financial institution would still exist is some form.

... and then he is supposed to be at once cognitively quick? Not really believable
Ralph likely got where he was prior to his death by being good at reading people and quickly evaluating situations.

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Or he was simply scared and trying to hang on to what he knew of his life. The episode points in that direction.
Ralph did say that it was never about money and possessions, it was to being in control of his own life, his destiny, his fate. He probably was scared.

The guy talked about his stocks, not about his house bank. The average lifespan of a company is far below a hundred years and as he lacked this knowledge he was plain incompetent. I wouldn't entrust one cent to such an utter moron.
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