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Unformatted text preview: The government of Mexico is outraged to find that Francisco d'Anconia's San Sebastian Mines are worthless, containing no copper. Francisco is in New York, ostensibly to witness the spectacle of a divorce scandal in which he's supposedly involved. Dagny suspects that Francisco is visiting New York to observe the consequences of the San Sebastian fiasco. On her way to visit him in his hotel room, she thinks about the extraordinary individual he was in his youth. Francisco's genius and exalted view of life's possibilities made him Dagny's dearest companion and her only lover. She can't reconcile her memories with the dissolute playboy he now seems to be. Francisco tells Dagny that the mine disaster resulted from his lack of effort; he put no thought into the project. Francisco is amused by the fact that his $15 million investment wiped out $40 million the project....
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- Fall '09