Chapter 13

           Itwastheknotofwordysocialistsandworking-classphilosophersthatheldforthintheCityHallParkonwarmafternoonsthatwasresponsibleforthegreatdiscovery. Onceortwiceinthemonth,whileridingthroughtheparkonhiswaytothelibrary,Martindismountedfromhiswheelandlistenedtothearguments,andeachtimehetorehimselfawayreluctantly. ThetoneofdiscussionwasmuchlowerthanatMr.Morse’stable. Themenwerenotgraveanddignified. Theylosttheirtemperseasilyandcalledoneanothernames,whileoathsandobsceneallusionswerefrequentontheirlips. Onceortwicehehadseenthemcometoblows. Andyet,heknewnotwhy,thereseemedsomethingvitalaboutthestuffofthesemen’sthoughts. TheirlogomachywasfarmorestimulatingtohisintellectthanthereservedandquietdogmatismofMr.Morse. Thesemen,whoslaughteredEnglish,gesticulatedlikelunatics,andfoughtoneanother’sideaswithprimitiveanger,seemedsomehowtobemorealivethanMr.Morseandhiscrony,Mr.Butler. 

           MartinhadheardHerbertSpencerquotedseveraltimesinthepark,butoneafternoonadiscipleofSpencer’sappeared,aseedytrampwithadirtycoatbuttonedtightlyatthethroattoconcealtheabsenceofashirt. Battleroyalwaswaged,amidthesmokingofmanycigarettesandtheexpectorationofmuchtobacco-juice,whereinthetrampsuccessfullyheldhisown,evenwhenasocialistworkmansneered,"ThereisnogodbuttheUnknowable,andHerbertSpencerishisprophet." 

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