Many reactions were possible, but it was impossible to be indifferent to
him or to forget that he was there. One could be disturbed by him,
dislike him, be scandalized by what he did and said, deem him a
charlatan or a wise man, be frightened of him or grow fond of him, and
one could do all these things in turn; but it was impossible to neglect
him. Whatever he was, he was something on a much bigger scale than one
had ever seen before, or is ever likely to see again.