This unfair loss of his scholarship set the tone for Conan Doyle's entire medical school experience, which he described in Memories and Adventures as [one long weary grind at botany, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and a whole list of compulsory subjects, many of which have a very indirect bearing upon the art of curing.] Outside of school, he continued to enjoy life, being gifted with, in his words, [an eager nature which missed nothing in the way of fun which could be gathered, and… a great capacity for enjoyment.] He continued to read heavily. Out of his tight budget, he had allotted threepence per day for lunch. On his way to class, he passed a used bookstore with a shelf of books for threepence, and often he added to his book collection and skipped lunch. He played sports, went to the theater and to dances, and flirted with as many girls as he could. On one occasion, while waiting in line outside a theater, he got into a fight with six soldiers at once, defending the honor of a lady who had been pinched.
To amuse himself, he started writing short stories in the hope of earning a little extra money. To his delight, one of the first stories he sent out was accepted. [The Mystery of