And Isaacs & Sons were delighted at the great man's pleasantry, and afterward repeated it many times, calling upon each other to bear witness, and Spear felt as though some one had given him a new backbone, and Andrews, who was guiding Thorndike out of the building, was thinking to himself what a great confidence man
had been lost when Thorndike became a banker.
When the confidence man
, wreathing his form and cresting his head, slitheringly asserts that even the rattle-snake must be beheld with wonder, the mystic inquires whether the confidence man
has ever been tempted to exchange personalities with the snake, "to glide unsuspected in grass, to sting, to kill at a touch; your whole beautiful body one iridescent scabbard of death?
Many childhood experiences teach Felix how to be a confidence man
Melville gave up because he stopped being published, leaving The Confidence Man
and Billy Budd in his desk drawer.
A constitutional crisis was averted only when it emerged that the King of France was in fact one Slats Banacek, a confidence man
who had gained access to the White House through a liaison with a scullery maid and infiltrated First Lady Elizabeth Monroe's regular bridge game.
Thomas Mann's novel Felix Krull is a story of a confidence man
who creates himself over and over according to his needs.
A At the end of it all, it is in its own way a "hurrah" for the United States entrepreneurial spirit which ranges from the imagined greatness of the risk taker and empire builder to the darker malignant side of the confidence man
and con artist, perhaps evil but still secretly admired for bucking the system a" at least until one has to go to the pawnshop in order to get money for the next meal on the table.
Not surprisingly, fame and notoriety were incompatible with being a confidence man
, and they brought him unwanted attention from the police and, most unfortunately, the Lexow Committee, a landmark commission investigating police corruption in 1894.