Chapter 14

           ItwasnotbecauseofOlney,butinspiteofRuth,andhisloveforRuth,thathefinallydecidednottotakeupLatin. Hismoneymeanttime. TherewassomuchthatwasmoreimportantthanLatin,somanystudiesthatclamoredwithimperiousvoices. Andhemustwrite. Hemustearnmoney. Hehadhadnoacceptances. Twoscoreofmanuscriptsweretravellingtheendlessroundofthemagazines. Howdidtheothersdoit? Hespentlonghoursinthefreereading-room,goingoverwhatothershadwritten,studyingtheirworkeagerlyandcritically,comparingitwithhisown,andwondering,wondering,aboutthesecrettricktheyhaddiscoveredwhichenabledthemtoselltheirwork. 

           Hewasamazedattheimmenseamountofprintedstuffthatwasdead. Nolight,nolife,nocolor,wasshotthroughit. Therewasnobreathoflifeinit,andyetitsold,attwocentsaword,twentydollarsathousandthenewspaperclippinghadsaidso. Hewaspuzzledbycountlessshortstories,writtenlightlyandcleverlyheconfessed,butwithoutvitalityorreality. Lifewassostrangeandwonderful,filledwithanimmensityofproblems,ofdreams,andofheroictoils,andyetthesestoriesdealtonlywiththecommonplacesoflife. 

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