Education: Literary Lottery

Unusually rapt and breathless was the attention that three Harvard students were giving to one of their lecturers one day last week. Their pencils poised industriously, following his every word, they took careful notes, glanced knowingly at each other. But their jottings were brief. Their real work came when the lecture was over: when, surrounded by a group of their fellows, they added up the marks they had made on their papers.

These students were members of Professor Irving ("New Humanism") Babbitt's lecture course, Comparative Literature II. Basing their operations on the large...

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