“There are no houses in those glens and hidden places,” he thought.”I wonder what fire is under that smoke on a day like this. It is a far cry from the top of this ridge to the bottom of that halftamed region down there. One may see 贵阳那个酒店有桑拿服务 into three counties here, but it is rough traveling across the river by day, and worse by night.”
The bell above the south turret chimed the hour of three as Vincent Burgess entered the study.
“Take this seat by the window,” Dr. Fenneben said with a genial smile and a handclasp worth remembering.”You can see an Empire from this point, if you care to look out.”
Vincent Burgess sat at ease in any presence. He had the face of a scholar, and the manners of a gentleman. But he gave no sign that he cared to view the empire that lay beyond the window.
“We are to be coworkers for some time, Burgess. May I ask you why you chose to come to Kansas?”
Fenneben came straight to the purpose of the interview. This keeneyed, businesslike man seemed to Burgess very unlike old Dr. Wream, whom everybody at Harvard loved and anybody could deceive. But 贵阳品茶的会所 to the direct question he answered directly and concisely.
“I came to study types, to acquire geographical breadth, to have seclusion, that I may pursue more profound research.”
There was a play of light in Dr. Fenneben’s eyes.
“You must judge for yourself of the value of Sunrise and Lagonda Ledge for seclusion. But we make a specialty of geographical breadth out here. As to types, they assay fairly well to the ton, these Jayhawkers do.”
“What are Jayhawkers, Doctor?” Burgess queried.
“Yonder is one specimen,” Fenneben answered, pointing toward the window.
Vincent Burgess, looking out, saw Vic Burleigh leaping up the broad steps from the level campus, a giant fellow, fully six feet tall. The swing of strength, void of grace, was in his motion. His face was gypsybrown under a crop of sunburned auburn hair. A stiff new derby 去贵阳水世纪点荤暗号 hat was set bashfully on a head set unabashed on broad shoulders. The storemark of the readymade was on his clothing, and it was clear that he was less accustomed to cut stone steps than to springing prairie sod. Clearly he was a real product of the soil.
“Why, that is the young bumpkin I came in with this morning. I thought I was striding alongside an elephant in bulk and wild horse in speed,” Burgess said with a smile.
“You will have a share in taming him, doubtless,” Dr. Fenneben replied.”He looks hardly bridlewise yet. Enter him among your types. I didn’t get his name this morning, but he interested me at once, as a fellow of good blood if not of good manners, and I have asked him 贵阳高端桑拿保健 to come in here later. Some boys must be met on the very threshold of a college if they are to run safely along the four years.”
“His name is Burleigh, Victor Burleigh. I remember it because it is not a new name to me. Picture him in a cap and gown at home in a library, or standing up to receive a Master’s Degree from a university! His kind leave about the middle of the second semester and revert to the soil, don’t they?”
Burgess laughed pleasantly, and leaned forward to get one more look at the country boy, disappearing behind a group of evergreens in the north angle of the building.
“They do not always leave so soon as that. You can’t tell the grade of timber every time by the bark outside.” There was a deeper tone in Dr. Fenneben’s voice now.”But as to yourself, you had a motive in coming to Kansas, I judge. You can study types 贵阳哪个洗浴服务全 anywhere.”
Whether the young man liked this or not, he answered evenly:
“I am to give instruction in Greek here at Lagonda Ledge. Beastly name, isn’t it? Suggestive of rattlesnakes, somehow! I shall spend much time in study, for I am preparing a comprehensive thesis for my Master’s Degree. The very barrenness of these dull prairies will keep me close to my library for a couple of years.”
“Oh, you will do your work well anywhere,” Dr. Fenneben declared.”You need not put walls of distances about you for that. I thought you might have a more definite purpose in choosing this state, of all places.”