The president of a large Japanese real estate firm was another. He'd sent Eisman his company's financial statements and then followed, with an interpreter, to solicit Eisman's investment. "You don't even own stock in your company," said Eisman, after the typically elaborate Japanese businessman introductions.-The Big Short by Michael Lewis

What does it mean "followed to solicit" in this sentence?

  • It also doesn't seem to have object to it's verb "followed"
    – ice man
    May 17 at 11:51
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    "went on to solicit Eisman's investment" or "followed this by soliciting Eisman's investment" sound more natural. That doesn't mean Lewis is wrong but I can't find this use of follow in any dictionary.
    – Stuart F
    May 17 at 12:03
  • oh, okay "went on" means he visited Eisman and what does it mean "followed this" ?
    – ice man
    May 17 at 12:24
  • It means he sent Eisman statements and then solicited Eisman's investment. "follow" means to go after something else.
    – Stuart F
    May 17 at 15:54

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