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Briefly let me introduce Dr. O., an athlete in his youth and always a lover of the great outdoors.
O. is Homeric in the simplicity of his tastes. A house is a place in which to sleep, clothes are to keep one
warm, food is to eat and the manner of its service is an indifferent matter. He enjoys with almost huge CHAPTER XVII. 155 pleasure good things to eat and good things to drink, but as he puts it, "I am as much at home with corned beef
and cabbage as I am with any epicurean chef d'oeuvre. I like the feel of silk next my body, but cotton pleases
me as much." He is clean and bathes regularly, but has no repulsion against dirt and disorder. At home, among
the utmost refinements of our present-day life, he prefers the rough bare essentials of existence. To him
beauty is not exotic, but everywhere present, and he sees it in a workman clad in overalls and breaking stone
quite as much as in a carefully harmonized landscape. He has no pose about the beauty of nature as against the
beauty of man's creations, and he thinks that a puffing freight engine, dragging a load of cars up a grade, is as
much a thing to enthuse about as a graceful deer sniffing the scent of the hunter in some pine grove.
Imbued with a zeal for living and a desire for experience, O. has not been as successful as one more cautious
and less impetuous might have been. He loves his profession so well that he would rather spend a day on an
interesting case in the ward of some hospital than to treat half a dozen rich patients in his consulting room. His
purpose is indeed unified; he seeks to learn and to impart, but the making of money seems to him a necessary
irrelevance, almost an impertinent intrusion upon the real purposes of life. He is eager to know people, he
shows a naive curiosity about them, an interest that flatters and charms. All the phenomena of life--esoteric,
commonplace, queer and conventional--are grist to his mill.
His sexual life has not differed greatly from that of other men...
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