to the more sophisticated ways of my city
classmates took the better part of the first year. It was quite a
change, suddenly be- ing thrown among those enviable people
who went to the movies for amusement and got from one place to another
by streetcar. I had never been to
the movies, and my streetcar experience was very limited. Every day I
was driven to school in a car pool with a number
of girls from Weston who attended Miss Winsor's School. I was naturally
very sensitive about this arrangement, being the only boy in
the group, and insisted on getting out of
the automobile at a corner where none of my schoolmates could see me,
even though it meant walking extra distance.
After Longwood Day I spent a year at Country Day School in Newton.
Olsen Field went there also and we combined auto-mobile trips, our car
taking the inbound and the Fields', the outbound.
This was an unfortunate year for me, as I spent a good part
of it in bed with rheumatic fever. One afternoon when I was
playing soccer I felt a sharp pain in my big toe. It became pro-gressively
worse during the ensuing study period, and when school was over it had
spread into the neighboring toes. After school
I trudged up to the place where Gene White, the Fields' chauf- feur,
always waited for us, I was in such agony I could hardly make
myself walk — but I pushed onward, fearing that Gene, who
was quick-tempered and impatient, might suddenly make
up his mind to go home without me. Fortunately he was still
there. I don't know what I would have done otherwise, as I was about at
the end of my strength.
When I finally got home I lay down on a sofa and Uncle
Chandler Robbins who had retired from medical practice, but