In an equivalent situation on Wall Street, it would be three or four working days before anybody even admitted the boy had been taken. Then, there'd be a period of weeks or months when the kidnappers would publicly maintain the posture that they meant to keep the boy, had no interest in selling him, and wouldn't even consider any offers that might come their way. This log-jam, assisted by continued denials from Herbert Harrington or his spokesmen that (a) he was interested in negotiating a re-purchase, (b) that he was in a cash or tax position to make such a re-purchase possible, or (c) that in fact he had ever had such a son at all, would eventually be broken by tentative feelers from both sides. Bickering, threats, go-betweens, all the panoply of negotiation would then be mounted and gone through like the ritual of High Mass, and it would be even more weeks before anything like a dollar amount was ever mentioned. And in fact dollars would be the very least of it; there would be stock options, rebates, one-for-one stock transfers, sliding scales, an agreement with some meat on it.