FILL IN THE BLANK
He made mistake after mistake, but like a losing gambler he kept frantically tossing the dice hoping that the winning number would turn up. But he never really believed that his luck had left him. As failure followed failure _______ became more morose and alone. He began to suspect that he was being betrayed and came to rely more and more on his own judgment, even in the most minor matters.
The previous are excerpted from "Defeat In The West" by Max Shulman, and the correct answer for the blank space is Hitler. Any other names come to mind?
Sam Taber, Charleston