"If you pick up a starving dogClearly, I see the connection between Mark Twain's statement and the reason Brian was treated the way he was by his Boys.
and make him prosperous,
he will not bite you.
This is the principal difference
between a dog and a man."
- Mark Twain
Brian makes his Boys famous:
He always WAS like a "buffer" with the boys, especially between the sorta "yin & yang" personalities of Paul and John. It's very probable that if Brian had died a few years earlier, his Boys would have broken up just that much earlier themselves. Eppy was the glue.
Brian must have subconsciously used his own parents' example of how to calm impetuousness ~~ or, as family and friends thought of Bri, his "butterfly" tendencies ~~ and bring his Boys back down to earth enough to make them think twice about which wild notions they could actually follow through with without creating a total disaster.
They mocked his "uptightness" ~ yet still depended upon him to provide a real-world clarity to their otherwise avant-garde spurts of otherworldly creativity.
It's often been said that he was the FIRST manager EVER to provide that type of truly loving guidance. Many have attempted to follow his example since, but in every case something was lacking. That "something," I feel, was his overwhelming, all-consuming, excruciating devotion and dedication ~ to the point of and including his own eventual martyrdom on the hypothetical cross of the Fab 4.
p.s. I'm back. Anybody miss me?