Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Adrien Sixte grows up in a peculiar way. His hardworking father wants him to study for one of the professions. However, despite the boy’s early promise in school, he never studies at a university. His indulgent parents allow him to spend ten lonely years in study. In 1868, at the age of twenty-nine, Adrien publishes a five-hundred-page work called The Psychology of God. By the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, Adrien has become the most discussed philosopher in France. He follows his first study with two more books, The Anatomy of the Will and The Theory of the Passions, which are even more provocative than his first.
Soon after the death of his parents, Adrien settles into a regular routine in Paris. So faithful is he to his schedule that the inhabitants of the quarter can set their watches by his movements. He spends eight hours of every twenty-four hours in work, takes two walks each day, receives callers (chiefly students) on one afternoon in the week, and on another afternoon makes calls on other scholars. By patient labor and brilliant insight, he develops to his complete satisfaction his deterministic theory that each effect comes from a cause, and that if all causes are known, results can be predicted accurately. He applies his theory to all forms of human activity, to vices as well as to virtues.
One day, neighbors are startled to see Adrien leave his apartment hurriedly at an unusual hour. To his great...
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