Chapter 16

           Thealarm-clockwentoff,jerkingMartinoutofsleepwithasuddennessthatwouldhavegivenheadachetoonewithlesssplendidconstitution. Thoughhesleptsoundly,heawokeinstantly,likeacat,andheawokeeagerly,gladthatthefivehoursofunconsciousnessweregone. Hehatedtheoblivionofsleep. Therewastoomuchtodo,toomuchoflifetolive. Hegrudgedeverymomentoflifesleeprobbedhimof,andbeforetheclockhadceaseditsclatteringhewasheadandearsinthewashbasinandthrillingtothecoldbiteofthewater. 

           Buthedidnotfollowhisregularprogramme. Therewasnounfinishedstorywaitinghishand,nonewstorydemandingarticulation. Hehadstudiedlate,anditwasnearlytimeforbreakfast. HetriedtoreadachapterinFiske,buthisbrainwasrestlessandheclosedthebook. To-daywitnessedthebeginningofthenewbattle,whereinforsometimetherewouldbenowriting. Hewasawareofasadnessakintothatwithwhichoneleaveshomeandfamily. Helookedatthemanuscriptsinthecorner. Thatwasit. Hewasgoingawayfromthem,hispitiful,dishonoredchildrenthatwerewelcomenowhere. Hewentoverandbegantorummageamongthem,readingsnatcheshereandthere,hisfavoriteportions. "ThePot"hehonoredwithreadingaloud,ashedid"Adventure." "Joy,"hislatest-born,completedthedaybeforeandtossedintothecornerforlackofstamps,wonhiskeenestapprobation. 

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