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THE MASK OF SANITY
Section 2: The Material
24. The psychopath as scientist
24. The psychopath as scientist
Limitations of space allow only a few highlights to be thrown on this man’s
interesting career. Though still in the late twenties, he was already a doctor of
philosophy, and the co-author of several creditable papers on subjects in the general
field of physics.
Although delayed by truancy and alcoholic escapades for a year in obtaining his
degree, he always showed noteworthy ability in a technical sense so long as he applied
himself. Now and then he was disabled for several days or a week, during which times
he drank enough to remain semiconscious or climbed into trees, from which he hurled
noisy defiance at his friends and later at policemen who attempted to get him down. He
drank chiefly alone and sometimes urinated in bureau drawers, his own or his
roommate's shoes, and indulged in other pranks of the same caliber.
Having obtained his degree, he had little difficulty in securing a satisfactory post
on the faculty of a state university. He did not, however, enter upon these duties.
Having taken up residence with an aunt in the university town several weeks before the
beginning of classes, he at once proceeded to drink on weekends and to haunt public
houses of unsavory reputation.
One night a few days before the formal beginning of the academic year, he made
himself particularly disagreeable to his companions, who consisted of two prostitutes
and a local derelict. In a mood of great irritability and arrogance he quit this group and
joined another woman of the streets with whom he had frequently consorted but in
whom he had never shown any special interest. During the next hour he drank little but
spent his energy ridiculing and slandering his acquaintances in town, the faculty of the
university, and particularly his aunt, who was his only local relative. At about 3 o'clock
in the morning he astonished all present by announcing in imperious tones that he and
his present companion would straightway join themselves in holy matrimony. Before
leaving with such company as he could gather, he took pains to telephone his aunt and
insist peremptorily that she attend the nuptials.
One may be left to imagine the consternation and confusion of the elderly and
very circumspect lady as she sought first to understand and then to counsel her nephew.
On arriving at the residence of a justice of the peace, the aunt and friends whom
she had brought left nothing undone in efforts to dissuade our subject from proceeding.
In desperation they pointed out not only
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the defects of character so plain in the prospective bride but also her considerable age,
her poorly made false teeth, and her unprepossessingly dyed hair. With oaths,
obscenity, and a very artificial show of gaiety, these objections were waved aside, and
the bridegroom fulfilled his aims.
The next day he condescendingly allowed his aunt to begin efforts to annul the
marriage, but, while expressing his approval, he took very little active part. When
earnestly questioned about his motivation, he casualty averred that the whole affair was
meant as a joke.
"But on whom is this joke?' an elderly friend of the family asked with some
"Why on me, I suppose," confessed the disinterested bridegroom laughing with
what appeared to be a calmness and lack of concern almost incredible under the
circumstances. He never showed any signs of serious worry or of shame, although he
glibly confessed to being in the wrong. The affair became widely known, and
authorities in the university succeeded in obtaining their new instructor's resignation
before he actually took up his duties.
He promptly abandoned the woman he had married, and his family made some
settlement with her. After a financially successful year as an automobile salesman, in
which he got into trouble somewhat less frequently than usual, he decided to return to
the academic world.
He obtained several other good positions in universities where his work was fitful
but promising. His personal life soon became so spectacularly designed to embarrass
the institution that he had to be dropped. One of these positions he lost, after several
minor efforts of the same sort, by the following bit of conduct:
After becoming drunk and conspicuously turbulent in his quarters, where efforts
were being made to nurse him and to cajole him back to an appearance of what might
be called sanity, he disappeared and could not be located for several days.
The authorities at the college remained in a state of considerable anxiety about his
fate. This was terminated by a telephone call made by a local veterinarian to the
professor in whose department he worked. The latter, a person of authentic and
altogether unstudied dignity and a scholar of national importance, was probably the last
man on earth whom a normal youth would desire to rouse out of bed at midnight and
treat to a display of absurdity. Humor of no lesser order than his dignity characterized
him. Though peaceful, unaggressive, and tolerant as a man can be, some deep
subjective poise enabled him when prodded sufficiently to utter a quiet and ironic
rebuke fit to unfrock a bishop.
The veterinarian informed this considerable personage that his missing
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research fellow was at present in the dog hospital and had insisted that this news be
delivered to no other than himself, and at once. The bland, laconic lines of the
professor's face subtly hardened. Pausing as he reached for his socks, he swore
On arriving at the dog hospital, he found his younger colleague sprawled in a
large cage or cubicle used to house ailing Great Danes or St. Bernards. He at once
yelled to the professor, announcing in glee that prophecies by the latter about his going
to the dogs were now amply fulfilled-so what of it! His clamorous outcries rose above
the din of barking dogs, who, aroused by the presence of so unusual a kennel-mate, gave
voice vigorously and in unison.
The veterinarian explained that his new patient had come in some urgency and
insisted on going to where the convalescent dogs were kept. Somewhat bewildered, but
thinking perhaps that his visitor had good reason to inquire into the condition of some
canine acquaintance, he promptly brought him to the kennels. The strange young man
at once climbed into his present berth, defied the veterinarian to remove him, sang,
shouted, cursed, and finally insisted that his superior be called.
Finally agreeing to come out, he remained generally obstreperous and at once
began to blame a grave and gentle older colleague for his plight. The latter, who had
been sincerely interested in trying to keep this promising young man from destroying
himself, had, he said, set him off on the present spree by offering him a bottle of beer at
lunch several days previously.
Despite many apparently self-imposed and purposeless obstacles in his career he
continues to obtain positions, sometimes keeping them as long as a year. His family is
called upon to see him through difficulties when they arise, and he continues to speak of
those who assist him as if he considered them in a large measure responsible for his
Section 2, Part 2