He is not really an aesthete at all; he is too Voltairian for that.
Indeed, if he had agreed with the aesthete, he would possibly not have introduced him.
But it wasn't a scientist's curiosity; it was an aesthete's.
As a matter of fact, there was much more of the aesthete in him than of the Nonconformist.
And this is the condition of the decadent, of the aesthete, of the ...