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The death of Allan caused many major shifts in the family’s material and spiritual circumstances. One result was the greater influence of his mother’s religious beliefs. Maria sought consolation in her faith and in April was admitted as a member of the First Reformed Dutch Church. Herman’s saturation in orthodox Calvinism was surely the most decisive intellectual and spiritual influence of his early life. Two months after his father’s death, Gansevoort entered the cap and fur business. Uncle Peter Gansevoort, a director of the New York State Bank, got Herman a job as clerk for $150 a year (equivalent to $3,800 in 2019). Biographers cite a passage from Redburn when trying to answer what Herman must have felt then: “I had learned to think much and bitterly before my time,” the narrator remarks, adding, “I must not think of those delightful days, before my father became a bankrupt … and we removed from the city; for when I think of those days, something rises up in my throat and almost strangles me”. With Melville, Arvin argues, one has to reckon with “psychology, the tormented psychology, of the decayed patrician.