db wrote: Was Jefferies trying paint a picture of utter desperation by JW to gain control of Barrie? I like that better, and it fits the character of the man who fascinates me. However, I find neither interpretation wholly satisfying.
Or perhaps to show yet another bitter disappointment in his life that helped lead him to his destructive end
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -
Wow! What a ride!