Any suicide seems pitiful. A contemporary critic, M.R. Werner, however, had no sympathy. "He was such a faker," Werner once said of Crane, according to a letter in the 11/27/06 New Yorker which quotes the critic. "He was always drunk, always onstage, always acting a role. I've never believed he jumped off that boat to kill himself. I think it was an act, and that Hart expected someone to jump in and rescue him. It must have sobered Hart up when the ship kept going."