All the items of his wardrobe, the "ordinary suit," distinctly glossy at the elbows, and the dark-brown "best suit," were ready-made, with faltering buttons, and seams that betrayed rough ends of thread, but on him they were graceful.You felt that he would belong to any set in the world which he sufficiently admired.This e Book is made available at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. He could make "Good morning" seem profound as Kant, welcoming as a brass band, and uplifting as a cathedral organ. He arched his paws with longing to grasp the non-existent scoundrel. Despite his invaluable voice, Elmer had not gone out for debating because of the irritating library-grinding, nor had he taken to prayer and moral eloquence in the Y. Once or twice in the class in Public Speaking, when he had repeated the splendors of other great thinkers, Dan'l Webster and Henry Ward Beecher and Chauncey M.
Though Elmer was the athletic idol of the college, though his occult passion, his heavy good looks, caused the college girls to breathe quickly, though his manly laughter was as fetching as his resonant speech, Elmer was never really liked.
He was supposed to be the most popular man in college; every one believed that every one else adored him; and none of them wanted to be with him.
There was a romantic flare to his upturned overcoat collar; the darned bottoms of his trousers did not suggest poverty but a careless and amused ease; and his thoroughly commonplace ties hinted of clubs and regiments. You saw only its youthful freshness first, then behind the brightness a taut determination, and his brown eyes were amiably scornful.
Jim Lefferts was Elmer's only friend; the only authentic friend he had ever had.
They were all a bit afraid, a bit uncomfortable, and more than a bit resentful.