Moreover Umbricius' interests, unlike the public divinatory responsibilities of his namesake the haruspex
, relate primarily to his private fortunes (financial and otherwise); and his interest in the Urbs is determined more by its impact on his own well-being than by public-minded concern for its collective fortunes.
When you kissed me, my heart was in my mouth, you tore it out to read it, haruspex
The explicators of his text guessed that he had come upon something important, but for the most part they interpreted him as a dealer in trendy communications theory who beguiled his audiences with a persona that joined, in Tom Wolfe's phrase, "the charisma of a haruspex
with the irresistible certitude of the monomaniac.
32) Barnett, "No Haruspex
Needed to Demystify the Fiduciary," 24th Annual U.