The two professors couldn't agree on the fundamentals of child behavior. But that was before they met little Herbux!
"Yes, sir," said the boy quietly.
"You are quite sure," Smithy asked, "that you know absolutely nothing about this boy's past? His parents, his birthplace--anything at all? There must be some clue."
"You know very well I don't," Possy retorted angrily.
"I just thought that perhaps you might have subjected him to hypno-research," Smithy said, placatingly.
"I wouldn't dream of such a thing--" Possy began--and stopped with a gasp. "How did you know about that?" he demanded.
Smithy was flustered. "I--well, that is--" He could think of no convincing answer. Hypno-research was one of Possy's most secret projects. He had used it constantly in his efforts to determine reasons for non-conformity to set patterns of behavior in some of his more recalcitrant students. He had kept it a secret because it added up to an admission that perhaps heredity could play a part in the development of a student's character.
"Smithy, my dear old friend," he said with mock
This child of future times knows exactly what he wants to be, even if no one else had ever heard of such a thing existing. Worse, he seems to have a great talent for it.
Characterizations are nothing special (even the kid seems a bit sketchy), plotting is okay, the author's imagination of the future is pretty mundane.
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