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Hanby: His room, but not the institution’s room, Mr. Kabnis. Kabnis: This is my room while I’m in it. Hanby: Mr. Clayborn (the sheriff) can inform you as to that. Kabnis: Oh, well, what do I care—glad to get out of this mud-hole. Hanby: I should think so from your looks. Kabnis: You neednt get sarcastic about it. Hanby: No, that is true. And I neednt wait for your resignation either, Mr. Kabnis.
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Kabnis: Oh, you’ll get that all right. Dont worry. Hanby: And I should like to have the room thoroughly aired and cleaned and ready for your successor by to-morrow noon, Professor. Kabnis (trying to rise): You can have your godam room right away. I dont want it. Hanby: But I wont have your cursing. Halsey pushes Kabnis back into his chair. Halsey: Sit down, Kabnis, till I wash y. Hanby (to Halsey): I would rather not have drinking men on the premises, Mr. Halsey. You will oblige me— Halsey: I’ll oblige you by stayin right on this spot, this spot, get me? till I get damned ready t leave. He approaches Hanby. Hanby retreats, but manages to hold his dignity. Halsey: Let me get you told right now, Mr. Samuel Hanby. Now listen t me. I aint no slick an span slave youve hired, an dont y think it for a minute. Youve bullied enough about this town. An besides, wheres that bill youve been owin me? Listen t me. If I dont get it paid in by tmorrer noon, Mr. Hanby (he mockingly assumes Hanby’s tone and manner), I shall feel obliged t call th sheriff. An that sheriff’ll be myself who’ll catch y in th road an pull y out your buggy an rightly attend t y. You heard me. Now leave him alone. I’m takin him home with me. I got it fixed. Before you came in. He’s goin t work with me. Shapin shafts and buildin wagons’ll make a man of him what nobody, y get me? what nobody can take advantage of. Thats all... Halsey burrs off into vague and incoherent comment. Pause. Disagreeable. Layman’s eyes are glazed on the spurting fire. Kabnis wants to rise and put both Halsey and Hanby in their places. He vaguely knows that he must do this, else the power of direction will completely slip from him to those outside. The conviction is just strong enough to torture him. To bring a feverish, quick-passing flare into his eyes. To mutter words soggy in hot saliva. To jerk his arms upward in futile protest. Halsey, noticing his gestures, thinks it is water that he desires. He brings a glass to him. Kabnis slings it to the floor. Heat of the conviction dies. His arms crumple. His upper lip, his
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mustache, quiver. Rap! rap, on the door. The sounds slap Kabnis. They bring a hectic color to his cheeks. Like huge cold finger tips they touch his skin and goose-flesh it. Hanby strikes a commanding pose. He moves toward Layman. Layman’s face is innocently immobile. Halsey: Whos there? Voice: Lewis. Halsey: Come in, Lewis. Come on in. Lewis enters. He is the queer fellow who has been referred to. A tall wiry copper-colored man, thirty perhaps. His mouth and eyes suggest purpose guided by an adequate intelligence. He is what a stronger Kabnis might have been, and in an odd faint way resembles him. As he steps towards the others, he seems to be issuing sharply from a vivid dream. Lewis shakes hands with Halsey. Nods
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