Martin returns from Ontario more in love with Madeline than ever, and they are re-engaged. Twenty minutes later, she is sneering at Clif Clawson, at fishing, and at all schoolteachers.The junior year of medicine is "a whirlwind." Martin does his first original research in a manner that evokes praise from the meticulous Gottlieb.Gottlieb sends his assistant to a hospital in Zenith, where he becomes lost and encounters a probationer nurse who is scrubbing the floor. She is Leora Tozer.Within half an hour, the two are well-enough acquainted for Martin to plan a dinner date for the evening. They dine together twice in two weeks, and only twice in that time does Martin see Madeline. Leora is never critical or corrective, and Martin is at ease with her. She tells him of her home, the tiny sordid village of Wheatsylvania, North Dakota, and of the Tozer family. Soon Martin is
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