And he was quite a character. He was a reader of the classics, a renowned surgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, a father, husband, and avid sportsman. His relationship with William was close-knit. They liked to hunt and fish together and shared a hunting cabin on Sumner Lake. William is mentioned in the dairy as Mr. Durant. From the few passages I read, it was apparent that Arpad stuck by William while he was going through his divorce with Janet and while Ella, William's sister, was taking him to court. Arpad laments that others at Raquette Lake had forgotten how generous William had always been and were taking sides against him. This bothered Arpad.
Most of the book however is filled with poetic descriptions of his place on Raquette Lake, his trips fishing and hunting, and the flora and fauna of the area. It was a delight to read; so much so that I spent one evening on a dock while the sun was setting trying to finish it before the light gave out on me. I was thoroughly engrossed. On the way home, I picked up the second collection of his diaries in Old Forge Hardware. I highly recommend the book if you like to read about life in the late 1800s in the Adirondacks.