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standing. Once or twice a zealous teacher sought to stimulate him into more effort and study, but though he
responded for a short time, gradually he slipped back into his own easy pace. He went through high school,
and on the basis of a splendid memory and a keen intelligence, which by this time were easily recognized, he
was sent to college. He took no part in athletics and little part in the communal college activities. He had so
good a command of facts and with this so cynical a point of view that he became quite a college character and
was pointed out as a fellow who could lead his class if he would. As a matter of fact, nothing could spur him
to real competitive effort.
We may pass briefly over his life. After he left college, he drifted from one position to another. Usually in CHAPTER XVII. 137 some hack literary line. Were it not for a small income he would have starved. After a few years he become
very fat and gross looking, and then came a kindly pneumonia which carried him off.
We must not mistake the stolid for the hypokinetic. There was a classmate of mine in the medical school, a
large, quiet fellow, D. M., who got by everything, as the boys said, by the skin of his teeth. He worked
without enthusiasm or zeal, studied infrequently and managed to pass along to his second year, at about the
bottom of the class. In that year we took up bacteriology, the "bug-bear" as one punster put it, of the school.
Just what it was about the subject that aroused D. M. I never knew, but a remarkable transformation took
place. The man changed over, studied hard, read outside literature and actually asked for the privilege of
working in the laboratory Sundays and holidays so that he might learn more. When this was known to the rest
of the class, there were bets placed that he would not "last," but quite to the surprise of everybody D. M.
gained in momentum as he went along. As a matter of fact, his interest on the subject grew, and he is now a
bacteriologist of good standing. In fact, his lack of interest in other matters has helped him...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11