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I got into college. I think it
was better that I went to boarding school than if I had attended high school in
that small town, because at least I was better prepared for college.
And you were given a freer rein in your studies, I would think, to wander farther
Yes, I think I was better educated than I would have been at the high school. The
teachers were certainly better.
You speak about being bored as a little child. Was your mother aware of this?
No, I don't think that she was at all. She was about 39 years old when I was
born. She'd had very little experience with children. I don't think that she
realized it at all. I took refuge in reading books very early; I read a great
deal before I had left the grade schools. I don't think she realized I was
I may have been bored because I wasn't well a great deal of the time. I had
dysentery when I was little, when I was taken south for the winter. I got
dysentery later on, when I was six or seven or eight until I was eleven or
twelve. I had mastoids every winter, it seems to me, painful, painful earaches
that would result in mastoids, a draining ear. All of that now is eliminated
with penicillin or sulfa drugs. And it may have been because I was in poor
health that I was bored and not permitted to do a lot
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