Mannion had trouble getting his head around it. The chimp had brought his own interpreter! Mannion shrugged. "I'm sorry for your loss," he said, "He was a good man."
The interpreter made signs at the chimp. The chimp made signs back.
"Thank you," the interpreter said, interpreting, "He was a good man, and so generous."
The chimp signed again.
"He left me very well provided for," the interpeter said. "He left me all the royalties from the Abbey Road album."
Every head in the receiving round snapped around to face Bubbles. Mannion saw dollar signs light up in too many eyes and right then he knew he was in the company of a soon-to-be ex-primate.