Andrew laughed at the use of the word 'theater.' 'B.Atlman will have plenty of theater on Monday, ' he said, 'when Estee Lauder arrives to secure a prime location in the new cosmetic department. I was told on Friday that she intends to bring along her husband, Joseph, as well as her sons, Leonard and Ronald, to make sure she gets exactly what she wants.' Nina laughed loudly. 'Oh, she'll get what she wants all right. She's a determined woman.' She glanced sideways at Dana. 'And we know what a determined woman can accomplish, don't we?' 'Yes, we do, ' Dana replied. In Nina's presence, the restrictions imposed by Bea and Helen seemed almost trivial. Dana had experienced a single setback, but Nina was a reminder of what real determination and enthusiasm could accomplish. 'Her reputation precedes her, ' Andrew said. 'Ira already told me to give Ms. Lauder whatever she wants.' 'Sounds like a done deal, ' Dana said. 'That's why there's going to be a little drama on Monday, ' Andrew said, rubbing his hands together in anticipation. 'The space she wants has already been promised to Charles of the Ritz.
On my desk is an appeal from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It asks me to become a sponsor and donor of this soon-to-be-opened institution, while an accompanying leaflet has enticing photographs of Bob Dylan, Betty Friedan, Sandy Koufax, Irving Berlin, Estee Lauder, Barbra Streisand, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. There is something faintly kitsch about this, as there is in the habit of those Jewish papers that annually list Jewish prize-winners from the Nobel to the Oscars. (It is apparently true that the London Jewish Chronicle once reported the result of a footrace under the headline 'Goldstein Fifteenth.') However, I think I may send a contribution. Other small 'races' have come from unpromising and hazardous beginnings to achieve great things-no Roman would have believed that the brutish inhabitants of the British Isles could ever amount to much-and other small 'races, ' too, like Gypsies and Armenians, have outlived determined attempts to eradicate and exterminate them. But there is something about the persistence, both of the Jews and their persecutors, that does seem to merit a museum of its own.