little angel and a prodigy - they touched on his want of health

with long vague faces. Pemberton feared at first an extravagance

that might make him hate the boy, but before this happened he had

become extravagant himself. Later, when he had grown rather to

hate the others, it was a bribe to patience for him that they were

at any rate nice about Morgan, going on tiptoe if they fancied he

was showing symptoms, and even giving up somebody's "day" to

procure him a pleasure. Mixed with this too was the oddest wish to

make him independent, as if they had felt themselves not good

enough for him. They passed him over to the new members of their

circle very much as if wishing to force some charity of adoption on

so free an agent and get rid of their own charge. They were

delighted when they saw Morgan take so to his kind playfellow, and

could think of no higher praise for the young man. It was strange

how they contrived to reconcile the appearance, and indeed the

essential fact, of adoring the child with their eagerness to wash

their hands of him. Did they want to get rid of him before he

should find them out? Pemberton was finding them out month by

month. The boy's fond family, however this might be, turned their

backs with exaggerated delicacy, as if to avoid the reproach of

interfering. Seeing in time how little he had in common with them

- it was by THEM he first observed it; they proclaimed it with

complete humility - his companion was moved to speculate on the

mysteries of transmission, the far jumps of heredity. Where his

detachment from most of the things they represented had come from

was more than an observer could say - it certainly had burrowed

under two or three generations.

As for Pemberton's own estimate of his pupil, it was a good while

before he got the point of view, so little had he been prepared for

it by the smug young barbarians to whom the tradition of tutorship,

as hitherto revealed to him, had been adjusted. Morgan was scrappy

and surprising, deficient in many properties supposed common to the

genus and abounding in others that were the portion only of the

supernaturally clever. One day his friend made a great stride: it

cleared up the question to perceive that Morgan WAS supernaturally

clever and that, though the formula was temporarily meagre, this

would be the only assumption on which one could successfully deal

with him. He had the general quality of a child for whom life had

not been simplified by school, a kind of homebred sensibility which

might have been as bad for himself but was charming for others, and

a whole range of refinement and perception - little musical

vibrations as taking as picked-up airs - begotten by wandering

about Europe at the tail of his migratory tribe. This might not

have been an education to recommend in advance, but its results

with so special a subject were as appreciable as the marks on a

piece of fine porcelain. There was at the same time in him a small

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