Character Interview: Lenore Seldon
Where Is Papa’s Shining Star?
TWP: Today we welcome Lenore Seldon, administrative assistant to Alan Ashley who was with us a few days ago. Tell us about yourself, Miss Seldon.
LS: There’s not much to tell. I graduated from business school and worked ten years for retired Judge Arthur Sutherland until his death.
TWP: Then you went to work for Alan Ashley, right?
LS: Not right away.
TWP: Can you explain that?
LS: I’d rather not. Those intervening years aren’t pleasant to remember.
TWP: But now you have a good job.
TWP: What is it like to work for one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in America--and one of the wealthiest and most eligible bachelors?
LS: I’m grateful for employment. So many don’t have work. The Depression, you know.
TWP: Right, but back to Alan Ashley…he’s quite handsome.
LS: He’s my employer.
TWP: Can’t he still be good-looking? Have there been other men in your life?
LS: Not really. I was engaged briefly to the boy next door, but he died in France during the war.
TWP: And Alan Ashley lost his eyesight in the same war.
LS: Yes, but he manages very well.
TWP: He says you’re a great help to him.
LS: I do my best.
TWP: Since you live in, you must spend a lot of time with him outside of the workplace.
LS: I don’t know how it happened, but we have breakfast together and then dinner every night. Sometimes after dinner I read aloud to him, or we listen to music. But I’m well-chaperoned. His housekeeper Mrs. Swane lives in. And I’m going to get my own place when I get a bit ahead.
TWP: He won’t like that.
LS: It’s for the best.
TWP: Is he easy to get along with?
LS: For the most part. He still bears some bitterness about the loss of his sight…but mostly because it was the reason his fiancée broke their engagement.
TWP: Have you met her?
LS: Briefly. It was unpleasant to say the least. However, she’s very beautiful…very elegant.
TWP: Do you see your working relationship with Alan Ashley transitioning into something more personal?
LS: Oh, no, it can’t! I have…responsibilities.
TWP: Can you share what those responsibilities are?
LS: No. No, I can’t, and if thinks this interview will get him the personal information I have a right to withhold…
TWP: Nothing like that, but be honest. Aren’t you the least bit interested in him, woman to man?
LS: I can’t be. You don’t understand. He’d never understand either. I’m sorry, but you’ll have to excuse me. I must transcribe some notes into Braille before his meeting tomorrow morning.