"The new one over there in Lichterfelde I do not know, but the old one, that I do know--yes--h'm--was even a cadet there in my time--yes--that one I do know."
This repetition of words gave me the feeling that he knew not only the house, but probably many an event that had taken place in it.
"As you come from Alexander Square," he continued, "there first comes a court with trees. Now grass grows in the court; in my time it was not so, for the drills took place there and the cadets went walking there during the hours of recreation. After that comes the great main building that encloses a square court, which is called the 'Karreehof,' and there, too, the cadets used to walk. Passing by from the outside, you can't see into the court."
I nodded again in confirmation.
"And then comes still a third court; it is smaller, and on it stands a house. Don't know what it is used for now; at that t