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T hiya are awaited the following by means of scholars and squaddies. D o you're thinking that they stay up for girls in useless? W ithin m onths a undeniable percent o f some of these blue-eyed brides, other halves, cousins and sisters will arrive once more in Erlangen to recline within the beds of the collage clinics. ” “You’re exaggerating and you’re morbid, friend,” acknowledged okay urt. “I’m exaggerating? Morbid? Oh, you romantics! D ’you are looking to wager that this fellow right here won’t get his approach prior to this evening’s out? glance, glance! ” A around the scholar status at the bench clustered flower promote­ ers. among him and the woman on the decrease desk stretched a brand new streamer ribbon. T he scholar was once placing his lips to the tip of the rib b o n grasped in his fist and th e w gap o f his b u lk y physique expressed an impossible to resist urge for the lady. H e chosen a flower from a basket thrust at him , im revealed a kiss upon it and dis­ patched it with the flower vendor to his woman. T h en he lifted his beer mug over his head and tired it in a number of gulps. T h e woman permitted the plants, raised them to her face and, unobserved, darted sly glances on the scholar. T h e latter momentarily inter­ » » » 89 « « « cepted them and expressed his pride with appears to be like and gestures which embarrassed her. “It’s nice, it’s relatively nice! ” laughed ok urt. “Look at his figure,” cried the coed, “why he’s terrifying! T ry and intervene with him , distract him for a unmarried m inute and he’ll fall on you with the ferociousness o f a slaughterer, he’ll weigh down you! And in doing this he’ll adventure the best delight, simply because he’s brim m ing over with the best im persistence. ” “Are you speaking approximately this fellow? ” “I’m conversing approximately them all . ” “Y ou’re loopy! ” “Ha-ha! Are you artists? I knew it! You squat the following and there in your canvas stools and it by no means as soon as enters your head that you're sittin g on a volcano. H a-ha! O ne high quality day it is going to blow you to items, with your high quality etudes, umbrellas and stools, like a bottle of soda within the sunlight. A horde o f fellows like this may trample your complacency underfoot. ” “M aniac,” suggested okay u rt, relocating clear of the coed. “ W a it,” stated th e los angeles tte r, th ro w in g his legs over th e b en ch , “there’s an fool i need to see. I’ll get back instantly and fin­ ish my line o f notion. ” “D on’t bother,” responded ok urt. “I w ant to din it into your head— no t yours, n o t yours, my pal, yet his, my fine-souled countrym an’s— that . . . I’ll inform you later w h a t. . . ” H e spun around and disappeared within the sem i-drunk, noisy overwhelm of hum an beings. “L et’s go,” acknowledged Andrei and nervousness crept into his look because it rested on his friend’s face. W rooster they'd descended to the sideshow s and every thing round them w hirled, creaking and squeaking in unison, okay u rt acknowledged: I “O f direction he’s ailing, that man. ” And a bit later, with a wan smile: “L et’s take pleasure in ourselves with no him, e h ? . . . ” T hat evening at the station, amid the overwhelm and the quarrels of individuals mountaineering into the autos, exhausted through the solar, the carousels, liquor and the gang, okay urt back fell into fond contem plation, stirred by way of the appearance, the laughter, the songs and the evening.

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