Something To Sustain Him In Life

My father, a physician who was educated in a German classical gymnasium, cherished the following story: His Greek professor, bidding goodbye to a student being withdrawn by his father for a business apprenticeship, was heard to say sorrowfully: “What a pity he couldn’t stay for the irregular verbs! One more month and he’d have had something to sustain him in life.”

~ Eva Brann, Homeric Moments

The Young Sabot Maker by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1895

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