The risk of distorted perceptions, it seems to me, is always present, since we are much more sensitive to an individual's behaviors and verbalizations than we are to the subtle contextual stimuli that often promote. I think the answer to that question is both: Yes, they were clients before, and, yes, they sought me. Treated like a poor relation within his own wealthy family, he had little hope of obtaining the future he desperately wanted.
The oil companies hated him for his desire to eliminate the Oil Depletion Allowance thus striking a major blow to the pocketbooks of oil millionaires.
We all know that learning grammar can be about as exciting as watching grass grow, but lots of people have done it and are now happy, German-speaking individuals.