Jobs did not emerge until after noon.
"Kat, can you come here for a minute?" he asked. They all gathered in the bedroom.
"As you know, Laurene's father passed away, and Laurene's mother isn't here,
and since you're her best friend, I'm going to ask you the question," he said.
"I'd like to marry Laurene. Will you give your blessing?
Smith clambered onto the bed and thought about it. "Is this okay with you?" she asked Powell.
When she nodded yes, Smith announced, "Well, there's your answer."
It was not, however, a definitive answer.
Jobs had a way of focusing on something with insane intensity for a while and then, abruptly, turning away his gaze.
At work, he would focus on what he wanted to, when he wanted to,
and on other matters he would be unresponsive, no matter how hard people tried to get him to engage.
In his personal life, he was the same way.
At times he and Powell would indulge in public displays of affection
that were so intense they embarrassed everyone in their presence, including Kat Smith and Powell's mother.