The Bonfire of the Vanities

Wolfe, Tom

Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1987

p. 54

Millionaire bond salesman Sherman McCoy, tried to rationalize his adultery: “Technically, he had been unfaithful to his wife. Well, sure…but who could remain monogamous with this, this, this tidal wave of concupiscence rolling across the world. …A Master of the Universe couldn’t be a saint, after all…it was unavoidable. …You can’t dodge snowflakes, and this was a blizzard! He had merely been caught at it, that was all, or halfway caught at it. It meant nothing. It had no moral dimension.”