Walter Watts – Der Dandy als Verbrecher

Hier eine kurze Skizze des Verbrecher-Typus, der sich das Leben eines Dandys erschwindelt:

»I cannot exactly remember whether it was in the old or the new Olympic – but I think it was in the new one – that the notorious Walter Watts ran a brief and sumptuous career as manager. He produced many pieces, some of them his own, in a most luxurious manner. He was a man about town, a viveur, a dandy; and it turned out one morning that Walter Watts had been, all along, a clerk in the Globe Insurance Office, at a salary of a hundred and fifty pounds a year; and that he had swindled his employers out of enormous sums of money. He was tried, nominally for stealing “a piece of paper, value one penny,” being a check which he had abstracted; but it was understood that his defalcations were little short of ninety thousand pounds sterling. Watts was convicted, and sentenced to ten years’ transportation. The poor wretch was not of the heroically villanous mould in which the dashing criminals who came after him, Robson and Redpath, were cast. He was troubled with a conscience. He had drunk himself into delirium tremens; and starting from his pallet one night in a remorseful frenzy, he hanged himself in the jail.«

Aus: “Robson” In: THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY. A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS. VOL. XIII. JUNE, 1864. NO. LXXX.

Melanie Grundmann

Dr. Melanie Grundmann ist Kulturwissenschaftlerin und beschäftigt sich seit mehreren Jahren mit dem Phänomen des Dandys. Sie hat mehrere Bücher, Aufsätze, Artikel und Vorträge zum Dandyismus und angrenzenden Themen verfasst.

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