"You've said you were aware of tensions from you past relationship with Mr. Sanders. Considering those past tensions, I would have thought that a meeting held in the middle of the day, without wine, would have been more professional - would have set a better tone."
"I'm sure that's correct in hindsight," Meredith said. "But at the same time, this was all in the context of the acquisition meetings. Everybody was busy. I was just trying to fit the meeting with Mr. Sanders in before the Conley-White sessions the next day. That's all I was thinking about. Schedules."
"I see, And after Mr. Sanders left your office, why didn't you call Mr. Blackburn, or someone else in the company, to report what had happened?"
"As I said, I was hoping it could all be overlooked."
"Yet the episode you describe," Murphy said, "is a serious breach of normal business behavior. As an experienced manager, you must have known the chance of a good working relationship with Mr. Sanders was nil. I would have thought you'd feel obliged to report what happened to a superior at once. And from a practical standpoint, I would have thought you'd want to go on record as soon as possible."
"As I said I was still hoping." She frowned, thinking. "You know, I guess … I felt responsible for Tom. As an old friend, I didn't want to be the reason why he lost his job."
"On the other hand, you are the reason why he lost his job."