"He didn't invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?"
"Rearden. He didn't invent smelting and chemistry and air compression.
He couldn't have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of
other people. His Metal! Why does he think it's his? Why does he think
it's his invention? Everybody does the work of everybody else. Nobody
ever invents anything."
She said, puzzled, "But the iron ore and all those other things were
there all the time. Why didn't anybody else make that Metal, but Mr.