Irony was the final polish of the shoe , the ultimate dab of the clothes-brush , a sort of intellectual " There ! "
-- yet at the brink of this story
he 0 has as yet gone no further than the conscious stage .
you 1 first see
he 0 wonders frequently whether
he 0 is not without honor and slightly mad , a shameful and obscene thinness glistening on the surface of
the world 2 like oil on
a clean pond 3 , these occasions being varied , of course , with those in which
he 0 thinks
himself 0 rather
an exceptional young man 103 , thoroughly sophisticated , well adjusted to
his 0 environment , and somewhat more significant than
any one else
his 0 healthy state and it made
him 0 cheerful , pleasant , and very attractive to
intelligent men 5 and to
all women 6 .
In this state
he 0 considered that
he 0 would one day accomplish some quiet subtle thing that
the elect 7 would deem worthy and , passing on , would join the dimmer stars in a nebulous , indeterminate heaven half-way between death and immortality .
Until the time came for this effort
he 0 would be
Anthony Patch 0 -- not a portrait of
a man 8 but
a distinct and dynamic personality 0 , opinionated , contemptuous , functioning from within outward --
a man who was aware that there could be no honor and yet had honor , who knew the sophistry of courage and yet was brave 0 .
A WORTHY MAN 9 AND
Anthony 0 drew as much consciousness of social security from being
the grandson of
Adam J. Patch 10 95
he 0 would have had from tracing
his 0 line over
the sea 11 to
the crusaders 12 .
This is inevitable ;
Virginians 13 and
Bostonians 14 to the contrary notwithstanding , an aristocracy founded sheerly on money postulates wealth in the particular .
Adam J. Patch 10 , more familiarly known as "
Cross Patch 10 , " left in
Tarrytown 17 early in sixty-one to join a
New York cavalry regiment 18 .
He 10 came
home 16 from the war
a major 104 , charged into
Wall Street 19 , and amid much fuss , fume , applause , and ill will
he 10 gathered to
himself 10 some seventy-five million dollars .
his 10 energies until
he 10 was fifty-seven years old .
It was then that
he 10 determined , after a severe attack of sclerosis , to consecrate the remainder of
his 10 life to the moral regeneration of
the world 20 .
He 10 became
a reformer among
reformers 21 89
Emulating the magnificent efforts of
Anthony Comstock , after whom
was named 22
he 10 levelled a varied assortment of uppercuts and body-blows at liquor , literature , vice , art , patent medicines , and Sunday theatres .
His 10 mind , under the influence of that insidious mildew which eventually forms on all but the few , gave itself up furiously to every indignation of the age .
From an armchair in
the office of
he 10 directed against the enormous hypothetical enemy , unrighteousness , a campaign which went on through fifteen years , during which
he 10 displayed
a rabid monomaniac 90 ,
an unqualified nuisance 96 , and
an intolerable bore 97 .
The year in which this story opens found
him 10 wearying ;
his 10 campaign had grown desultory ; 1861 was creeping up slowly on 1895 ;
his 10 thoughts ran a great deal on the Civil War , somewhat on
dead wife 25 and
son 9 , almost infinitesimally on
Anthony 0 .
his 10 career
Adam Patch 10 had married
an anemic lady of thirty 25 ,
Alicia Withers 98 , who brought
him 10 one hundred thousand dollars and an impeccable entré into
the banking circles of
New York 27 26
Immediately and rather spunkily
she 25 had borne
a son 9 and , as if completely devitalized by the magnificence of this performance ,
she 25 had thenceforth effaced
herself 25 within the shadowy dimensions of
the nursery 28 .
The boy 9 ,
Adam Ulysses Patch 92 , became
an inveterate joiner of
clubs 29 93
connoisseur of good form 91 , and -- at the astonishing age of twenty-six
he 9 began
his 9 memoirs under the title " as
I 9 Have Seen
It 31 . "
On the rumor of its conception this work was eagerly bid for among
publishers 32 , but as it proved after
his 9 death to be immoderately verbose and overpoweringly dull , it never obtained even a private printing .
married at twenty-two .
Fifth Avenue 33
Henrietta Lebrune 34 , the
, " and
" Society Contralto 36
the single child of the union 0 was , at the request of , christened
Anthony Comstock Patch 0 .
he 0 went to
Harvard 37 , the Comstock dropped out of
his 0 name to a nether hell of oblivion and was never heard of thereafter .
Young Anthony 0 had one picture of and
mother 34 together -- so often had it faced
his 0 eyes in childhood that it had acquired the impersonality of furniture , but
regarded it with interest .
every one who came into 38
a dandy of the nineties , spare and handsome 9 , standing beside
a tall dark lady with a muff and the suggestion of a bustle 34 .
them 40 was
a little boy with long brown curls , dressed in a velvet
Lord Fauntleroy 41
Anthony 0 at five , the year of 's death .
His 0 memories of the
were nebulous and musical .
Society Contralto 36
She 34 was
-- sometimes with
a lady who sang , sang , sang , in
the music room of
Washington Square 45 43
guests scattered all about
her 34 46
arms folded , balanced breathlessly on the edges of sofas 47
, occasionally making little whispers to
the women with
the men 47 and always clapping very briskly and uttering cooing cries after each song -- and often
she 34 sang to
Anthony 0 alone , in Italian or French or in a strange and terrible dialect which
she 34 imagined to be the speech of
the Southern negro 49 .
His 0 recollections of
the gallant Ulysses 50 ,
, were much more vivid .
the first man in
to roll the lapels of
Henrietta Lebrune Patch 34 had " joined
another choir 52 , " as huskily remarked from time to time ,
father 9 and
son 0 lived up at
grampa 's in
Tarrytown 17 24
Ulysses 50 came daily to and expelled pleasant , thick-smelling words for sometimes as much as an hour .
He 9 was continually promising
Anthony 0 hunting trips and fishing trips and excursions to
Atlantic City 53 , " oh , some time soon now " ; but none of them ever materialized .
they 59 did take ; when
Anthony 0 was eleven
they 54 went abroad , to
England 55 and
Switzerland 56 , and
there 56 in
died with much sweating and grunting and crying aloud for air .
the best hotel in
Lucerne 58 57
In a panic of despair and terror
Anthony 0 was brought back to
America 51 , wedded to a vague melancholy that was to stay beside
him 0 through the rest of
his 0 life .
PAST AND PERSON OF
THE HERO 0 At eleven
he 0 had a horror of death .
Within six impressionable years had died and had faded off almost imperceptibly , until , for the first time since
her 25 marriage , held for one day an unquestioned supremacy over
own drawing room 61
Anthony 0 life was a struggle against death , that waited at
every corner 62 .
It was as a concession to
his 0 hypochondriacal imagination that
he 0 formed the habit of reading in bed -- it soothed
him 0 .
He 0 read until
he 0 was tired and often fell asleep with the lights still on .
His 0 favorite diversion until
he 0 was fourteen was
his 0 stamp collection ; enormous , as nearly exhaustive as
a boy 63 's could be -- considered fatuously that it was teaching
him 0 geography .
Anthony 0 kept up a correspondence with
a half dozen " Stamp and Coin " companies 64 and it was rare that the mail failed to bring
him 0 new stamp-books or packages of glittering approval sheets -- there was a mysterious fascination in transferring
his 0 acquisitions interminably from one book to another .
His 0 stamps were
his 0 greatest happiness and
he 0 bestowed impatient frowns on
with them ; they devoured
any one who interrupted
at play 65
his 0 allowance every month , and
he 0 lay awake at night musing untiringly on their variety and many-colored splendor .
he 0 had lived almost entirely within
himself 0 ,
an inarticulate boy 94 , thoroughly un-American , and politely bewildered by .
The two preceding years had been spent in
Europe 67 with
; it would " open doors , " it would be a tremendous tonic , it would give
a private tutor , who persuaded
was the thing 68
innumerable self-sacrificing and devoted friends 69 .
he 0 went to
Harvard 37 -- there was no other logical thing to be done with
him 0 .
Oblivious to the social system ,
he 0 lived for a while alone and unsought in
a high room in
Beck Hall 71 70
a slim dark boy of medium height with a shy sensitive mouth 0 .
His 0 allowance was more than liberal .
He 0 laid the foundations for
a library 72 by purchasing from a wandering
bibliophile 73 first editions of
Swinburne 74 ,
Meredith 75 , and
Hardy 76 , and a yellowed illegible autograph letter of
Keats 77 's , finding later that
he 0 had been amazingly overcharged .
He 0 became
an exquisite dandy 102 , amassed a rather pathetic collection of silk pajamas , brocaded dressing-gowns , and neckties too flamboyant to wear ; in this secret finery
he 0 would parade before a mirror in or lie stretched in satin along
his 0 window-seat looking down on
the yard 78 and realizing dimly this clamor , breathless and immediate , in which it seemed
he 0 was never to have a part .
he 0 found in senior year that
he 0 had acquired a position in .
He 0 learned that
he 0 was looked upon as
a rather romantic figure 0 ,
a scholar 0 ,
a recluse 0 ,
a tower of erudition 0 .
him 0 but secretly pleased
him 0 --
he 0 began going out , at first a little and then a great deal .
He 0 made the Pudding .
He 0 drank -- quietly and in the proper tradition .
It was said of
him 0 that had
he 0 not come to
college 37 so young
he 0 might have " done extremely well . "
In 1909 , when
he 0 graduated ,
he 0 was only twenty years old .
Then abroad again -- to
Rome 80 this time , where
he 0 dallied with architecture and painting in turn , took up the violin , and wrote some ghastly Italian sonnets , supposedly the ruminations of
a thirteenth-century monk 81 on the joys of the contemplative life .
It became established among
Harvard intimates 66
he 0 was in
Rome 80 , and
who were abroad that year 82
him 0 up and discovered with
him 0 , on many moonlight excursions , much in
the city 80 that was older than the Renaissance or indeed than the republic .
, for instance , remained two months , and together
Maury Noble , from
Philadelphia 84 83
they 85 realized the peculiar charm of
Latin women 86 and had a delightful sense of being very young and free in
a civilization that was very old and free 87 .
a few acquaintances of
him 0 , and had
he 0 so desired
he 0 might have been _ persona grata _ with the diplomatic set -- indeed ,
he 0 found that
his 0 inclinations tended more and more toward conviviality , but that long adolescent aloofness and consequent shyness still dictated to
his 0 conduct .