CHAPTER XXII 

 growth of a passion is a very peculiar thing. In 
the highly organized intellectual and artistic types 
it is so often apt to begin with keen appreciation of cer- 
tain qualities, modified by many, many mental reserva- 
tions. The egoist, the intellectual, gives but little of him- 
self and asks much. Nevertheless, the lover of life, male or 
female, finding himself or herself in sympathetic accord 
with such a nature, is apt to gain much. 
Cowperwood was innately and primarily your egoist 
and intellectual, though blended strongly therewith was 
a humane and democratic spirit. We think of egoism 
and intellectualism as closely confined to the arts. Finance 
is an art. And it presents the operations of the subtlest 
of the intellectuals and of the egoists. Your true prince 
is primarily a financier as well as a statesman. It were 
not possible, otherwise, to live in the memory of the world. 
Cowperwood was a financier. Instead of dwelling on 
the works of nature, its beauty and subtlety, to his ma- 
terial disadvantage, he found a happy mean, owing to the 
swiftness of his intellectual operations, whereby he could 
intellectually and emotionally rejoice in the beauty of 
life without interfering with his perpetual material and 
financial calculations. And when it came to women and 
morals, which involved so much which related to beauty, 
happiness, a sense of distinction and variety in living, he 
was just now beginning to think clearly that there was no 
basis, outside of convention and theory, for the one-life, 
one-love idea. How had it come about that so many 
people agreed on this single point, that it was good and 
necessary to marry one woman and cleave to her until 
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