Young Felix

Young Felix

Young Felix

Young Felix

Excerpt

We have our first glimpse of Felix Hunter at the age of two years. He is sitting alone upon the bottom step of a flight of stairs, watching through the opaque glass panes of a front door the shadows of two bailiffs who vainly knock to be let into the house. One plump finger is held dictatorially in the air, and the baby lips frame a warning.

"Hush!" says Felix.

Relics of the singular creature belonging to earlier months in his career--for example, the true story of his birth itself--survive still; but they are too intimate for public recitation. It is true that before Felix was born his father and mother both wished that he might be a girl-baby, and this common desire may have had some effect upon his temperament. I leave it to others to decide, but there are facts which support this notion. He had all his life, that is to say, the mental adroitness of a woman. On the other hand he was cursed with a scrupulous personal integrity which later researches among members of the complementary sex led him to suppose purely masculine. Why he was named Felix, nobody knew. It was probably the result of vagary: certainly of some ignorance of the meaning of Christian names, for his arrival in the world came at a time when his . . .

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