The Fountainhead – Gail Wynand

Since long I have been meaning to write about excerpts from The Fountainhead, but haven’t gotten a chance to open the book, read a couple of pages and then pen down my thoughts. Finally I have a small post about someone from the Fountainhead. This is about one of the character’s in the book, Gail Wynand. If you have read the book already, please continue reading, if you haven’t read the book, SPOILERS ALERT!

Gail Wynand a name known far and wide as a magnate of the media. He was a man who had made a life of his own with his own blood and sweat. Much like every great character in a movie or a book, he had a bad childhood and then worked like shit to attain the impossible. He did attain it very soon by the age of 35, which to me seems quite a lot. By 40 he was rich beyond the wildest dreams of a common man. Running papers, magazines and newsletters across the country, offices in every part of the country; owing buildings, hotels, estates, even mini-cities. He, obviously, ventured in the areas where everyone suggested otherwise. Investing in barren lands only to turn them into a magnificent 5 star hotel, buying battered buildings and remodeling them to sell at 10 times the price, buying paper mills just to supply the perfect quality of paper to his publishing houses; he did it all. Sure he spent his early life’s earnings on his business, as one might expect, with no regard for his life’s condition. I remember there was a sentence somewhere, “he lived in a cramped studio apartment when the journalists of his papers were staying in grand suites”. So he did it all.

The reason why I wanted to write something down for him is this:

He owned a yatch, it was named ‘I Do’. A lot of women who he took to the yatch asked what was the meaning of this name, or its significance, to be more precise. And owing to his money, and obviously again, he was arrogant in nature; so his reply would be, it’s not for you to know. Or maybe something similar, I don’t remember the exact words. But then in a later part in the book, he tells Dominique Keating (after, they get married) its real meaning. She asks him the same question, “What does it mean?” he says, “it’s an answer to all the people who told me in my early life ‘You don’t run things around here’”.

Well this really appealed to me. Whatever the type of a person he was, this was a very beautiful answer in a very beautiful way to the world.

Head Aega




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