"Most reprehensible, most reprehensible," exclaimed Professor Porter, with a faint trace of irritation in his voice.
He tightened his grip upon the protesting professor and increased his speed.
Levin sat down to wait till the professor should go, but he soon began to get interested in the subject under discussion.
As he listened to his brother's argument with the professor, he noticed that they connected these scientific questions with those spiritual problems, that at times they almost touched on the latter; but every time they were close upon what seemed to him the chief point, they promptly beat a hasty retreat, and plunged again into a sea of subtle distinctions, reservations, quotations, allusions, and appeals to authorities, and it was with difficulty that he understood what they were talking about.
"Let's go and see the Professor," the Warden said, wisely avoiding further discussion.
"And here is the Professor. Good morning, Professor!
"No, it is impossible to wait, Tom," declared Professor Bumper.
"You did not mention that to me, Professor Bumper."
"I'm longing to, but all I know he gave me in confidence and on condition that I didn't." I condensed into a few sentences the Professor's narrative.
He listened with a sceptical smile on his gaunt face, and roared with laughter on hearing that the Professor had convinced me.
The nearer the approach of the time when he might enter again upon those experiments which had now been neglected for the better part of a year the more self absorbed and moody became the professor
. At times he was scarcely civil to those about him, and never now did he have a pleasant word or a caress for the daughter who had been his whole life but a few short months before.
Presently, with an odour of cooking, the Frau Professor
came in, a short, very stout woman with tightly dressed hair and a red face; she had little eyes, sparkling like beads, and an effusive manner.