19 Pages

Roger Cutter (7)

ByLouis Auchincloss

Felix never married again. More and more now he turned to the ascetic life. He reduced his homes to a small Georgetown house run by an efficient black couple and a room for the summer in the Blaine Hotel in Butterfield Bay. His hours of work became absolutely regular. From nine until noon he read newspapers, press releases, magazines, congressional records, court opinions. If the need for concentration was not considered by some a quite adequate excuse for such rigidity of form, Felix’s health could be pleaded in addition. After sixty he was afflicted with fibrillations of the heart which, although supposedly not dangerous, required a minimization of excitement and a maximization of orderliness. Felix had regarded the atom as the ultimate challenge to mankind. According to him, it had changed all the concepts of war and survival and required entirely new mental and emotional processes.