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He was tall, painfully thin, and – at least in photographs – rather severe in manner and expression; but when he was in motion a joyous combative energy infused his manner. He was a self-made man, but the figure on which he modeled himself was Sir Walter Raleigh – soldier, scholar, gentleman. When he flirted seductively with young men and women, there was something adorable in his talk: a stream of anecdotes and paradoxical reflections, highly polished and original, to which it was difficult to frame an immediate reply. Yet, alone with his thoughts and ambitions, there can hardly have been a more solitary and tormented man.

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