Education: The Disease

Herbert J. Idle is a wiry, nervous man whose name is anything but apt. In the daytime he is a $410-a-month hydraulic engineer with Chicago's Water Distribution Division. But at night he turns into quite another person. He likes to read dictionaries, goes into ecstasies over the fact that eyen was once the plural of eye and that withy was once a halter. He also composes music, reads through each issue of the National Geographic at least "half a dozen times before it goes into my files." But most of all, Herbert Idle likes...

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