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It cannot be said, in this biography of a young man who was in no degree a hero, who regarded himself as a seeker after truth yet who stumbled and slid back all his life and bogged himself in every obvious morass, that Martin's intentions toward Madeleine Fox were what is called "honorable."
Are you going on for the rest of your life, stumbling into respectability and having to be dug out again? Will you never learn you're a barbarian?
I make many mistakes. But one thing I keep always pure: the religion of a scientist.
Nonsense! That attitude is old-fashioned. This is no longer an age of parochialism but of competition, in art and science just as much as in commerce .
I feel as if I were really beginning to work now," said Martin. "This new quinine stuff may prove pretty good. We'll plug along on it for two or three years, and maybe we'll get something permanent - and probably we'll fail!"
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