About this bookExcerpt from Holden With the Cords
But the young man now coming up the street, through the pleasant play of sunshine and shadow beneath the elms, would neither have asked the question, nor smiled at the answer. He knew the stuccoed building well, as a three years' occupant thereof must needs do and he had heard and repeated the witticism too many times to leave it the faintest sparkle. It was doubtful, too, whether he gave a thought to the loveliness of the elm-arched vista that stretched before him, - partly by reason of his familiarity therewith, partly on account of a preoccupied mind, and still more, perhaps, because his bright, brisk, energetic temperament was not Of the sort which is quickest to feel the subtile charm, and recognize the delicate outline, of the Spirit of beauty. He came on rapidly, with an elastic step and a cheery whistle, and, as he neared the college, he cast a quick glance at one of its upper windows. What he saw there would have been a pretty enough sight to most people, - merely a tiny brown bird hopping to and fro on the win dow-sill, and turning its small head briskly from side to side in its search for infinitesimal crumbs, - but it brought a shadow to his broad, frank brow.
Not yet up, he muttered, or that wren wouldn't be trotting up and down there so complacently! To be sure, he may have gone out, but it isn't likely.
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