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HUGO SAT alone and marvelled at the exquisite torment of his Weltschmertz. Far away, across the campus, he heard singing. Against the square segment of sky visible from the bay window of his room he could see the light of the great fire they had built to celebrate victory—his victory. The light leaped into the darkness above like a great golden ghost in some fantastic ascension, and beneath it, he knew, a thousand students were dancing. They were druid priests at a rite to the god of football. His fingers struggled through his black hair. The day was fresh in his mind—the bellowing stands, the taut, almost frightened faces of the eleven men who faced him, the smack and flight of the brown oval, the lumbering sound of men running, the sucking of the breath of men and their sharp, painful fall to earth.

In his mind was a sharp picture of himself and the eyes that watched him as he broke away time and again, with infantile ease, to carry that precious ball. He let them make a touchdown that he could

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  • Bison Frontiers of Imagination i
  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • I 3
  • II 17
  • III 24
  • IV 44
  • V 58
  • VI 65
  • VII 80
  • VIII 101
  • IX 139
  • X 155
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  • XVII 231
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  • In the Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series 333
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