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FOG OUTSIDE BEDROOM WINDOWS

As soon as Getliffe finished his speech, the court rose for the weekend. He had created an impression upon many there, particularly the strangers and casual spectators. Even some who knew George well were more disturbed than they would admit. Someone told me that he thought the whole speech "shoddy to the core"; but by far the greater number were affected by Getliffe's outburst of feeling. They were not considering whether he was right or wrong; he was reflecting something which had been in the air the whole week, and which they had felt themselves. Whatever words he used, even if they disagreed with his "ideas," they knew that he was moved by the same emotions as themselves. They were certain that he was completely sincere.

I went to George's house after lunch. We did not mention the speech. For a time, George talked in a manner despondent and yet uncontrollably nervous and agitated. He had received that morning from the Principal the formal notice of dismissal from the School.

He took a piece of paper and began drawing a pattern like a spider's web with small letters beside each intersection. Some time later, Roy arrived. George did not look up from his paper for a moment. At last he raised his head slowly.

"What is it now?" he said.

"I just called in," said Roy. He turned his head away, and hesitated. Then he said:

"Yes, there is something. It can't be kept quiet. They've gone for Rachel."

"What?"

"They've asked her to leave her job."

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