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and reactions of different people to their life experience.
Upton Sinclair never seemed to notice any of those things or
to give a hang about them. He'd get his theory over and that
would be that. That was the way he impressed me.
Don Seitz lived out in Cos Cob. He was a much older
man than I was and was greatly respected in Cos Cob. He
used to come down to supper at Mrs. Holley's frequently,
particularly on Sunday nights. He knew that she had a lot
of people who had been spending the weekend there - pleasant,
young, modern people interested in art, literature and
the drama. Seitz would drop in. He'd talk about anything
and he was fascinating, but if you left him to his own devices
he would talk about nature - the birds, the grass, the snakes,
the weeds he saw, the kind of things that were growing around
the pond. He and Mrs. Holley would talk about whether to
plow this piece or that piece, where to move the asparagus
bed, and that sort of thing. He was very deeply interested
and extremely well informed about every kind of natural
phenomenon. He was a kind of amateur astronomer too. He
would take you out and show you the planets, the constellations.
He was very romantic about stars.
If you started asking him questions about politics,
world affairs, and national affairs, he'd turn that on. He
was a very versatile man with a very wide interest. He was
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