Martin returns to New York on the St. Buryan, where he encounters Miss Gwilliam again, returning from a winter in Trinidad and Caracas. She receives short answers when she inquires about Sondelius and Leora and draws the conclusion that he is stupid and not very successful. Other shipboard acquaintances think that he is in love. Martin is eager to get back to his test tubes but is afraid of criticism because he believes that his experiment has too many loopholes. He decides to take his tables to a biometrician and to be governed by expert advice as to what to publish. For the first time in weeks, he sleeps without terror. To the astonishment of his fellow passengers, Martin is greeted at the pier by reporters, from whom he is rescued by Rippleton Holabird, now full Director of the Institute. Terry Wickett gives Martin a delayed welcome and brings the news that Gottlieb is now on pension. With Leora, Sondelius, and
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