At times Jobs displayed a strange mixture of prickliness and neediness.
He usually didn't care one iota what people thought of him; he could cut people off and never care to speak to them again.
Yet sometimes he also felt a compulsion to explain himself.
So that evening Amelio received, to his surprise, a phone call from Jobs.
"Gee, Gil, I just wanted you to know, I talked to Ed today about this thing and I really feel bad about it," he said.
"I want you to know that I had absolutely nothing to do with this turn of events,
it was a decision the board made, but they had asked me for advice and counsel."
He told Amelio he respected him for having "the highest integrity of anyone I've ever met,"
and went on to give some unsolicited advice.
"Take six months off," Jobs told him. "When I got thrown out of Apple, I immediately went back to work, and I regretted it."
He offered to be a sounding board if Amelio ever wanted more advice.
Amelio was stunned but managed to mumble a few words of thanks.
He turned to his wife and recounted what Jobs said.
"In ways, I still like the man, but I don't believe him," he told her.
"I was totally taken in by Steve," she said, "and I really feel like an idiot."
"Join the crowd," her husband replied.