Chapter 37

           ThefirstthingMartindidnextmorningwastogocounterbothtoBrissenden’sadviceandcommand. "TheShameoftheSun"hewrappedandmailedtoTheAcropolis. Hebelievedhecouldfindmagazinepublicationforit,andhefeltthatrecognitionbythemagazineswouldcommendhimtothebook-publishinghouses. "Ephemera"helikewisewrappedandmailedtoamagazine. DespiteBrissenden’sprejudiceagainstthemagazines,whichwasapronouncedmaniawithhim,Martindecidedthatthegreatpoemshouldseeprint. Hedidnotintend,however,topublishitwithouttheother’spermission. Hisplanwastogetitacceptedbyoneofthehighmagazines,and,thusarmed,againtowrestlewithBrissendenforconsent. 

           Martinbegan,thatmorning,astorywhichhehadsketchedoutanumberofweeksbeforeandwhicheversincehadbeenworryinghimwithitsinsistentclamortobecreated. Apparentlyitwastobearattlingseastory,ataleoftwentieth-centuryadventureandromance,handlingrealcharacters,inarealworld,underrealconditions. Butbeneaththeswingandgoofthestorywastobesomethingelsesomethingthatthesuperficialreaderwouldneverdiscernandwhich,ontheotherhand,wouldnotdiminishinanywaytheinterestandenjoymentforsuchareader. Itwasthis,andnotthemerestory,thatimpelledMartintowriteit. Forthatmatter,itwasalwaysthegreat,universalmotifthatsuggestedplotstohim. 

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