The Trail of Life in College

The Trail of Life in College

The Trail of Life in College

The Trail of Life in College

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THINGS REMEMBERED

CHAPTER I

1

I FORESEE that, as I proceed with these reminiscences, I shall be dismayed by the frequent appearance of the first person singular of the personal pronoun. There are languages which sink this offending vowel in obscurity. There is no vanity in cogito, ergo sum, whereas, "I think, therefore I am," smells to heaven. But Latin is beyond my strength, as fortunately it is for the reader also, and we are both fain to be content with the vernacular.

Looking up from his desk one day when at work on his autobiography, Mr. Howells said to me in one of those despondent moods which beset all authors, "I am living over the dreary commonalities of my early life, and I loathe and despise the whole business." Few are the lives to escape those dreary periods, and fewer still those whose subsequent part on the stage of life justifies living them over for the instruction or . . .

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