When Hank Reardon met with the Looters to discuss the Steel Unification Plan, he noted with some consternation that they were meeting in the same suite at the Wayne-Falkland Hotel that Francisco d'Anconia used to lease before he disappeared completely.
Why did they meet there? Was this due to its personal effect on Hank Reardon, or was Ayn Rand going for symbolism here (i.e. the Looters were, in some sense, trying to replace talented people like Francisco)? Or did Ayn Rand do this mostly for the irony?