I cannot regard my work on earth as done without disgorging somewhere, for the illumination of the world, the Hutchens Theory of the Great Man, for which I expect to become famous.  This seems about as good a place as any to do it:  The Great Man (in every field but the law) is made in disappointing his father’s ambition that he become a lawyer.  The study of history forces one to this conclusion.

This is how I explain my own failure to become Great in current mode by blaming somebody else: my father ruined me by failing to give two hoots whether I became a lawyer.  Others have been more fortunate.