I have the honor to report fresh explorations in the field of geometry. On Friday last we abandoned our former works in parallelepiped and proceeded to truncated prisms. We are finding the road rough and very uphill.
The Christmas holiday begin next week and trunks are up. The corridors are so filled up that you can hardly get through, and everybody is so bubbling over with excitement that studying is getting left out. I'm going to have a beautiful time in vacation; there's another Freshman who lives in Texas staying behind, and we are planning to take long walks and if there's any ice-- learn to skate. Then there is still the whole library to be read-- and three empty weeks to do it in!
Goodbye, Daddy, I hope that you are feeling as happy as am.
PS. Don't forget to answer my question. If you don't want the trouble of writing, have your secretary telegraph. He can just say:
Mr. Smith is quite bald,
Mr. Smith is not bald,
Mr. Smith has white hair.
And you can deduct the twenty-five cents out of my allowance.
Goodbye till January--and a merry Christmas!
تا ژانویه خدانگهدار
عید شما مبارک
ای داد و بیداد زنگ کلیسا را زدند ، بعد از کلیسا باید در یک کمیته شرکت کنم، بابا معذرت می خواهم می خواستم نامه ی جالبی بنویسم.
Jimmie McBride has sent me a Princeton banner as big as one end of the room; I am very grateful to him for remembering me, but I don't know what on earth to do with it. Sallie and Julia won't let me hang it up; our room this year is furnished in red, and you can imagine what an effect we'd have if I added orange and black. But it's such nice, warm, thick felt, I hate to waste it. Would it be very improper to have it made into a bath robe? My old one shrank when it was washed.
I've entirely omitted of late telling you what I am learning, but though you might not imagine it from my letters, my time is exclusively occupied with study. It's a very bewildering matter to get educated in five branches at once.
'The test of true scholarship,' says Chemistry Professor, 'is a painstaking passion for detail.'
'Be careful not to keep your eyes glued to detail,' says History Professor. 'Stand far enough away to get perspective of the whole.'
You can see with what nicety we have to trim our sails between chemistry and history. I like historical method best. If I say that William the Conqueror came over in 1942, and Columbus discovered America in 1100 or 1066 or whenever it was, that's a mere detail that Professor overlooks. It gives a feeling of security and restfulness to the history recitation, that is entirely lacking in chemistry.
Sixth-hour bell--I must go to the laboratory and look into a little matter of acids and salts and alkalies. I've burned a hole as big as a plate in the front of my chemistry apron, with hydrochloric acid. If the theory worked, I ought to be able to neutralize that hole with good strong ammonia, oughtn't I?
Examinations next week, but who's afraid?