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Unformatted text preview: Slow and tedious experiments are not so to Martin. Tubbs gives the young man vague encouragement. Gottlieb asks him discomforting questions. For all his fumbling, Martin has "wide- ranging . . . unselfdramatizing curiosity," which drives him on. Mrs. Ross McGurk, whose given name is Capitola, is a great uplifter. Her husband has bought the Institute to keep her out of his other business interests, including shipping and mining. Descended from California railroad men and possessing a Yale degree and unlimited cash, McGurk admires and even becomes friends with the cynical Gottlieb. Capitola has no share in this friendship. Gottlieb refuses to open his laboratory to guests at one of her intellectual dinner parties. Her husband forbids her to "get funny with Max," but she is still uncontrollable, especially in regard to the monthly scientific dinners. The first of these functions to be attended by Martin, and Leora has as an honored scientific dinners....
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- Fall '08