This has to have been the world's longest thread,
and, so far as I have seen, it has not once touched on the most relevant,
because most apparent element about the character in question,
his name. Eugenics was a very serious subject of the time.
See Chesterton's EUGENICS AND OTHER EVILS.
It doesn't matter if Mr. E. was homosexual.
It doesn't matter what his business was, although it is useful to know.
It DOES matter that RACIAL purity is a focus.
It is a very ironic focus, given all the contexts of sexual
degradation that can be identified.
Eugenides is Greek, the home of idealism.
The ideal race and its antithesis, complete disregard for any
of the dimensions of race vis-a-vis sexual activity.
Race is trumped by the new pagan god of sex.
The horror. The whorer.