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October 31st, 2007

Clint was given a clear bill of health the next day and went back to

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practice with a silk bandage around his knee
Clint was given a clear bill of health the next day and went back to
practice with a silk bandage around his knee. He was given light work
and sat on the bench again while the second played two twelve-minute
periods against the ‘varsity substitutes. It seemed to him that Robbins
fairly outplayed himself that afternoon, but he failed to take into
consideration that his rival was pitted against substitutes or that his
own state of mind was rather pessimistic. Practice ended early and after
a shower and a rub Clint ambled across to Torrence feeling rather
dispirited. The dormitory seemed pretty empty and lonesome as he entered
the corridor. Even Penny Durkin’s violin was silent, which was a most
unusual condition of affairs for that hour of the afternoon. Clint
slammed his door behind him, tossed his cap in the general direction of
the window-seat and flopped morosely into a chair at the table. He had
plenty of work to do, but after pulling a book toward him and finding
his place he slammed it shut again and pushed it distastefully away. He
wished Amy would come back, and looked at his watch. It was only a
little after half-past four, though, and Amy, who was probably playing
tennis, would scarcely stop as long as he was able to distinguish the
balls. Perhaps it was the absence of the customary wailing of the next
door violin that put Penny Durkin in mind. Clint had never been in
Penny’s room, nor ever said more than two dozen words to him except on
the occasion of Penny’s encounter with Harmon Dreer, but just now Clint
wanted mightily to talk to someone and so he decided to see if Penny was
in. At first his knock on the door of Number 13 elicited no answer, and
he was turning away when a doubtful “Come in” reached him from beyond
the closed portal. When he entered Penny was seated on the window-seat
at the far end of the room doing something to his violin.

October 30th, 2007

“Yes, sir, thank you,” replied Amy

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“Yes, sir, thank you,” replied Amy.

October 29th, 2007

The merriment ceased and the occupants of the room got to their feet as

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best they might and those within reach shook hands
The merriment ceased and the occupants of the room got to their feet as
best they might and those within reach shook hands.

October 23rd, 2007

“Second place? Why second place?” asked Amy suspiciously

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“Second place? Why second place?” asked Amy suspiciously.

October 19th, 2007

Lateral passes, forward passes, delayed plays, all were used and all

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gained something, while Freer and Still and Freer again slid past the
tackles, Carmine shot through here and there like a jack rabbit and the
slower-moving Rollins bucked the line for less spectacular gains
Lateral passes, forward passes, delayed plays, all were used and all
gained something, while Freer and Still and Freer again slid past the
tackles, Carmine shot through here and there like a jack rabbit and the
slower-moving Rollins bucked the line for less spectacular gains. Past
the centre of the field rolled the Maroon-and-Grey, past the forty
yards, past the thirty. Claflin fought tooth and nail, despairingly,
desperately, longing for the whistle that should announce the end.

October 18th, 2007

“Come on for a walk, Durkin,” he said

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“Come on for a walk, Durkin,” he said. “Bring your old book along if you
like. We’ll find a place in the woods and, as Amy says, commune
with Nature.”

October 16th, 2007

He was an odd-looking fellow, tall and thin, with a lean face from which

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a pair of pale and near-sighted eyes peered forth from behind
rubber-rimmed spectacles
He was an odd-looking fellow, tall and thin, with a lean face from which
a pair of pale and near-sighted eyes peered forth from behind
rubber-rimmed spectacles. His hair was almost black and was always in
need of trimming, and his garments–he seldom wore trousers, coat and
vest that matched–always seemed about to fall off him. Clint’s first
glimpse of Penny came one afternoon. The door of Number 13 was open as
Clint returned to his room after football practice and lugubrious
sounds issued forth. It was very near the supper hour and Penny’s room
was lighted only by the rays of the sinking sun. Against the window
Clint saw him in silhouette, his hair wildly ruffled, his violin under
his chin, his bow scraping slowly back and forth as he leaned
near-sightedly over the sheet of music spread on the rack before him.
The strains that issued from the instrument were awful, but there was
something fine in the player’s absorption and obvious content, and what
had started out as a laugh of amusement changed to a sympathetic smile
as Clint tiptoed on to his own door.

October 14th, 2007

The instructor and the physical director had approached without a sound

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of warning, and Penny, Clint and Dreer, the latter exhibiting an evident
desire to efface himself, stared in surprise for a moment
The instructor and the physical director had approached without a sound
of warning, and Penny, Clint and Dreer, the latter exhibiting an evident
desire to efface himself, stared in surprise for a moment. And at the
same time Beaufort, raising himself weakly on one elbow, gazed
bewilderedly from Penny to the faces of the newcomers.

October 10th, 2007

Amy hung his coat on a paling and placed his cap on top

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Amy hung his coat on a paling and placed his cap on top. Then he tugged
his belt in another hole. And all the time he smiled quite pleasantly.
Dreer moved backward toward the curb, but found Clint barring his way.
His anxious gaze searched the road for help, but in each direction it
was empty. He laughed nervously.

October 9th, 2007

“Got to,” replied Clint gloomily

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“Got to,” replied Clint gloomily. “There goes the car, you silly chump!”

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