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  THE BENEFICIARY Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father By Janny Scott

  “Begin at the beginning,” the King of Hearts says to the White Rabbit, “and go on until you come to the end; then stop.” But what kind of way is that to tell a story? It’s much better to begin with the ending, shaping it all in the knowledge of the doom to come; better for the writer and for the reader too, who can enjoy the pleasures of foreboding. That’s the way it works in “The Beneficiary,” at least, which starts with the funeral of the man Janny Scott calls the Duke of Villanova, “on a rainy October afternoon in the early years of the 21st century, in the prosperous suburbs that roll west from Philadelphia along what was once the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Main Line.”

  The duke is her father, a moneyed alcoholic named Robert Montgomery Scott, and of course he’s not a real duke. That’s the mockingly fond nickname “deployed by his wife and children in moments of exasperation,” though never to his face. Ex-wife, by the time of the funeral, and “deployed” is good, with its sense of troops on the move, a defensive perimeter established. Scott uses the word with a barely cocked eyebrow, taking herself down along with her father, and its understated precision characterizes this family history as a whole. “The Beneficiary” describes the making and spending of “a moderately sized American fortune” that lasted from one Gilded Age to another. It is often very funny, with some moments paced like a drawing room comedy. Yet the duke inherited something more (or other) than money, and what comes to dominate his daughter’s narrative is her sense of wealth’s “misfortune.”

  Robert Scott came from a clan with full buckets on both sides, topped up by marriage in each generation. His great-grandfather had been president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. His mother’s family seems the more determinative, however, going back to Robert Leaming Montgomery, called the Colonel, a Philadelphia banker who one day at the start of the 20th century fell off his horse in Radnor Township and realized when he got to his feet that the farmland around him was beautiful. So he bought as much of it as he could and then built “a house to match the scale of his ambition.” He got immigrant families to work his fields, hired fashionable artists to paint his children and stocked his cellar with Champagne just ahead of Prohibition. He called the place Ardrossan, tied everything up in trust and encouraged his descendants to settle there, rehabbing the estate’s scattered colonial buildings. Robert Scott “grew up in his parents’ farmhouse on his grandparents’ place” and with his life laid out in advance: the same prep school as his father and grandfather, followed by the inevitable Harvard; then a law firm dominated by relatives. And when he married he too moved into a house on Ardrossan — first a springhouse and then a larger place with 10 bedrooms — where Janny Scott herself lived until she was 14.

  A onetime reporter for this newspaper, Scott takes her epigraph from Henry James, and in places her prose recalls him, its sentences stretched out for leisure. She was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2000 series on race in America, and her first book, “A Singular Woman,” was a biography of the anthropologist Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother. This new work is inevitably more personal, but she never makes herself its focus. She concentrates on the family instead: on the world the Colonel made and what it was like for later generations to live there. Nelson W. Aldrich Jr. called his 1988 account of his own family “Old Money,” and parts of “The Beneficiary” offer a similar taxonomy, with Scott presenting herself as an anthropologist, defining the odd folkways of her tribe. Some of that is linguistic. Have a “dividend,” her grandfather says, as he walks through a cocktail party looking for glasses to refill; while a map of the area around Ardrossan hangs on the wall of a “downstairs bathroom — a powder room, if you used that term, which we didn’t.”

  Scott returns at the end to the funeral with which she began, and by then she’s prepared to answer that reporter’s question. But she’s also ready to make a larger point. Ardrossan has now been chopped into pieces, but money is always being made and somewhere another such “‘place’ is being born,” in the Bay Area or China or Mumbai. “Maybe it’s fueled by a fortune reaped in private equity or online shopping or social media,” but wherever it is and by whomever it’s made that money will hire the day’s most fashionable architects, it will buy yachts and throw big parties, for “the signifiers of arrival are remarkably unchanged.” Though do the founders of those new fortunes “ever wonder how it will all play out, 100 years hence?” Because somewhere another beneficiary will choke down his gilded spoon, and tell himself he likes it.



  2015六和合彩39期【吴】【锋】【仿】【佛】【做】【了】【一】【个】【久】【远】【无】【比】【的】【梦】,【他】【梦】【到】【自】【己】【在】【探】【索】【神】【农】【墓】【穴】【的】【时】【候】,【被】【传】【送】【到】【了】【另】【一】【个】【世】【界】。 【在】【那】【里】,【有】【无】【数】【神】【奇】【的】【生】【物】,【精】【灵】、【魔】【兽】、【巨】【龙】、【天】【使】、【巫】【妖】、【恶】【魔】、【巨】【龙】【等】【等】【多】【不】【胜】【数】。 【而】【他】【自】【己】【则】【重】【生】【成】【了】【一】【只】【亡】【灵】【生】【物】【骷】【髅】。 【靠】【着】【自】【己】【的】【努】【力】【和】【天】【赋】,【他】【终】【于】【在】【那】【方】【世】【界】【中】【站】【稳】【了】【脚】【跟】。

  “【嗯】,【不】【过】【应】【该】【快】【到】【了】,【毕】【竟】【之】【前】【有】【来】【电】【话】【的】【时】【候】,【他】【们】【已】【经】【上】【电】【车】【了】。” 【顺】【着】【邬】【延】【清】【的】【话】【又】【往】【下】【聊】【了】【几】【句】【后】,【郝】【思】【决】【便】【被】【护】【士】【推】【去】【做】【术】【前】【检】【查】【了】。 【须】【臾】,【陪】【着】【郝】【思】【决】【做】【完】【一】【系】【列】【检】【查】【的】【邬】【延】【清】【见】【离】【手】【术】【开】【始】【还】【点】【时】【间】,【便】【将】【之】【前】【去】【庙】【里】【求】【来】【得】【护】【身】【符】【递】【了】【过】【去】。 “【都】【说】【心】【诚】【则】【灵】,【手】【术】【结】【束】【前】,【思】【决】【你】【可】

  【苏】【薰】【拉】【住】【了】【他】【的】【衣】【袖】,【对】【他】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】,【她】【知】【道】,【他】【从】【来】【都】【不】【是】【个】【浪】【漫】【的】【人】,【他】【所】【做】【的】,【都】【只】【是】【他】【在】【背】【后】【为】【她】【做】【的】。 【欧】【阳】【昊】【天】【对】【她】【扬】【唇】【一】【笑】,【从】【皮】【夹】【里】【掏】【出】【了】【几】【张】【大】【钞】,“【这】【些】,【我】【全】【要】【了】。” 【苏】【薰】【看】【着】【欧】【阳】【昊】【天】【将】【花】【束】【拿】【起】,【递】【到】【了】【她】【的】【面】【前】,【却】【没】【有】【伸】【手】【去】【接】,【而】【眼】【眶】【中】【却】【是】【一】【片】【湿】【润】。 “【怎】【么】【了】?【不】【喜】

  【内】【贝】【罗】【结】【果】【希】【薇】【娅】【递】【过】【来】【的】【这】【把】【剑】【身】【上】【镶】【嵌】【着】【一】【颗】【宝】【石】,【并】【留】【有】【六】【个】【凹】【槽】【的】【金】【色】【长】【剑】【疑】【惑】【的】【问】【道】:“【这】【是】【什】【么】?” “【我】【的】【武】【器】【啊】,【怎】【么】,【只】【许】【你】【用】【长】【剑】,【不】【许】【我】【用】?【还】【是】【说】,【在】【你】【的】【印】【象】【里】,【我】【就】【只】【能】【像】【狮】【子】【老】【虎】【一】【样】,【张】【牙】【舞】【爪】【的】【撕】【咬】【敌】【人】?”【希】【薇】【娅】【白】【了】【内】【贝】【罗】【一】【眼】,【不】【满】【的】【说】【道】。 “【我】【不】【是】【这】【个】【意】【思】,【我】

  …… 【谁】【能】【想】【到】?【在】【这】【维】【拉】【城】【的】【下】【面】,【还】【有】【一】【个】【迷】【宫】【一】【样】【的】【遗】【迹】。 【雷】【云】【发】【现】,【通】【道】【里】【的】【砖】【头】【都】【是】【黑】【色】【的】,【年】【代】【非】【常】【久】【远】,【并】【不】【是】【最】【近】【才】【建】【成】【的】。 【这】【些】【亚】【丁】【人】【一】【直】【生】【活】【在】【地】【下】,【并】【没】【有】【被】【人】【类】【消】【灭】,【它】【们】【只】【是】【为】【了】【避】【免】【和】【人】【类】【发】【生】【冲】【突】,【所】【以】【放】【弃】【了】【地】【面】【的】【城】【市】。 【这】【里】【的】【通】【道】【纵】【横】【交】【错】,【感】【觉】【只】【走】【了】【几】【分】【钟】2015六和合彩39期【看】【着】【单】【绯】【宁】【甜】【甜】【的】【笑】【容】,【单】【凌】【昱】【就】【觉】【得】【自】【己】【没】【白】【忙】【活】,【看】【他】【的】【宝】【贝】【妹】【妹】,【笑】【的】【多】【开】【心】【啊】! 【可】【怜】【周】【围】【其】【他】【人】【全】【都】【沦】【为】【了】【陪】【衬】,【他】【们】【的】【心】【里】【好】【苦】【好】【苦】,【可】【是】【他】【们】【谁】【都】【不】【能】【开】【口】,【也】【不】【敢】【开】【口】,【一】【个】【个】【老】【老】【实】【实】【的】【低】【着】【头】,【大】【气】【都】【不】【敢】【喘】。 【惹】【不】【起】【惹】【不】【起】,【在】【场】【的】【人】【统】【统】【都】【是】【大】【佬】,【统】【统】【都】【惹】【不】【起】。 “【走】,【你】【想】【要】

  【周】【子】【卿】【一】【慌】,【猛】【地】【拍】【了】【一】【下】【自】【己】【的】【脑】【门】,【连】【忙】【追】【了】【上】【去】。 “【琪】【琪】,【琪】【琪】,【你】【听】【我】【解】【释】!” 【他】【现】【在】【的】【首】【要】【目】【的】【就】【是】【搞】【定】【樊】【琪】,【这】【样】【他】【才】【能】【得】【到】【樊】【家】【的】【帮】【助】。 【可】【是】【一】【见】【到】【叶】【不】【语】,【她】【就】【立】【刻】【破】【功】【了】。 【周】【子】【卿】【赶】【紧】【追】【了】【上】【去】,【一】【把】【抱】【住】【了】【樊】【琪】。 “【琪】【琪】,【你】【听】【我】【解】【释】,【刚】【刚】【是】【叶】【不】【语】【纠】【缠】【我】,【我】【已】【经】【拒】【绝】

  【和】【曾】【仁】【义】、【童】【市】【长】【一】【聊】,【事】【情】【也】【就】【清】【楚】【了】。 【曾】【仁】【义】【单】【枪】【匹】【马】【来】【到】【这】【里】【开】【办】【厂】【子】,【要】【考】【虑】【的】【事】【情】【非】【常】【的】【多】,【他】【虽】【然】【能】【力】【够】【强】,【却】【也】【是】【条】【过】【江】【龙】,【很】【多】【事】【情】【需】【要】【借】【助】【当】【地】【的】【人】【来】【办】【理】。【而】【这】【其】【中】【难】【免】【会】【出】【现】【几】【个】【害】【群】【之】【马】。【如】【果】【厂】【子】【办】【的】【不】【好】【也】【就】【罢】【了】,【办】【得】【太】【好】,【产】【品】【卖】【得】【太】【火】,【自】【然】【是】【被】【别】【人】【盯】【上】【了】。【而】【看】【大】【门】【的】【这】


  【唐】【尼】【用】【了】【很】【长】【很】【长】【的】【时】【间】,【去】【思】【考】【他】【猜】【测】【的】【东】【西】。 【现】【在】,【想】【要】【确】【认】【他】【的】【看】【法】,【就】【只】【能】【在】【打】【破】【起】【源】【之】【墙】【后】,【去】【看】【一】【看】【全】【能】【宇】【宙】【了】。 【也】【就】【在】【这】【时】【候】。 【那】【被】【无】【形】【力】【量】【屏】【蔽】【的】【地】【府】,【突】【然】【间】【再】【度】【出】【现】,【直】【接】【呈】【现】【在】【唐】【尼】【的】【感】【知】【范】【围】【之】【中】。 【最】【让】【人】【惊】【奇】【的】【是】,【地】【府】【重】【新】【出】【现】,【没】【有】【其】【他】【存】【在】【注】【意】【到】,【只】【有】【唐】【尼】【注】【意】





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