page 80 of 752 of My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen

Here he contrasts two intimate relationships of his: his father, icy, sad, disaffected, and cautious from a life surrounded by depraved men, and his friend, Nick, his life-long friend whom he shared a like mind and faithfulness. The image of his father, the dying hand touching the cradle, the only peace the man knew is touching.