Paolo made sure he was in Tony's office before the boss arrived every day for a week. He made himself useful and was very cooperative, initially getting no thanks from Tony, whose bad tempered outbursts Paolo rode like an expert surfer. His perseverance paid off though as by the end of the week Tony was genuinely appreciative of what the young man was doing.
"What're you being so helpful for Paolo? Expect me to give you a raise?" That was Tony's way of expressing his thanks.
And that meant time for Paolo to plant some seeds, then water them carefully.