"Professor" as in university
teacher, but also meaning "one who professes", that
is, one who affirms. [Chris
"to try to rope in followers"
To "rope in" means to gather together. [Ron Henry]
"to float their malcontent"
A malcontent is either a dissatisfaction or a person who is chronically
dissatisfied. [Chris Piuma] * To "float their malcontent" means
to air their greivance [that is, to complain]. [macrae]
"note the age. get afraid."
Possibly referring to sex with someone under the age of 18 (student)
which would make a person over 18 get afraid. ["hans-josef.kups"]
* Or perhaps the narrator is noting his own age and has doubts
about his ability to get through the "tragedies of love",
of being "too old" to find love. [Chris Piuma]
A traditional way for a 19th Century author to address the reader;
a famous example is in Jane Eyre. [Chris Piuma]