The Indian lily -- The purpose -- The song of death -- The victim -- Autumn -- Merry folk -- Thea.
Jenny's new target, Grete's flirtation with the American engineer. And, above all things, the examination!
"Dear Herr von Niebeldingk, it's a rotten farce. For nine years the gymnasium trains you and drills you, and in the end you don't get your trouble's worth! I'm sorry for every hour of cramming I did. They released me from the oral exam., simply sent me out like a monkey when I was just beginning to let my light shine! Did you ever hear of such a thing? Did you ever?"
"Well, and how about your university work, Fritz?"
That was a ticklish business, the youth averred. Law and political science was no use. Every ass took that up. And since it was after all only his purpose to pass a few years of his green youth profitably, why he thought he'd stick to his trade and find out how to plant cabbages properly.
"Have you started in anywhere yet?"
Oh, there was time enough. But he had been to some lectures--agronomy and inorganic chemistry.... You have to begin with inorg