Walking in the Shoes of John Watson

for him as a constant companion.’


‘Why, what is there against him?’


‘Oh, I didn’t say there was anything against him.  He is a little queer in his ideas — an enthusiast in some branches of science.  As far as I know he is a decent fellow enough.’


‘A medical student, I suppose?’ said I.


‘No — I have no idea what he intends to go in for.  I believe he is well up in anatomy, and he is a first-class chemist; but, as far as I know, he has never taken out any systematic medical classes.  His studies are very desultory and eccentric, but he has amassed a lot of out-of-the way knowledge which would astonish his professors.’


‘Did you never ask him what he was going in for?’ I asked.


‘No; he is not a man that it is easy to draw out, though he can be communicative enough when the fancy seizes him.’


‘I should like to meet him,’ I said.  ‘If I am to

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