Mr. Thompson finishes reading Thatcher's diary and abruptly leaves the library. Next thing he does is visit a guy named Mr. Bernstein to ask about "rosebud."
Thompson doesn't buy the theory that "rosebud" is some woman who Kane might have known.
But Mr. Bernstein says that old men remember all kinds of stuff. He recounts the story of one day when he saw a woman in a white dress getting off a ferry. He never spoke to her and she never saw him, but there isn't a month that goes by when he doesn't think of her.
Bernstein called Miss Alexander the day after Kane died, but she couldn't even come to the phone.
Apparently, Bernstein was Kane's right-hand man from day one. Bernstein recommends that Thompson go visit a guy named Leland who went to a bunch of colleges with Charles Kane… since Kane was tossed out of every place he went.
Bernstein starts another flashback by talking about Leland was with Kane the first day he took over The Inquirer.