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Title: The Professor's House (1925) Author: Willa Cather * A Project Gutenberg of Australia e Book * e Book No.: 0200831Language: English Date first posted: November 2002 Date most recently updated: December 2009 This e Book was produced by: Don Lainson [email protected] Gutenberg of Australia e Books are created from printed editions which are in the public domain in Australia, unless a copyright notice is included.We do NOT keep any e Books in compliance with a particular paper edition. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributing this file.There was not a blade of grass; it was a tidy half-acre of glistening gravel and glistening shrubs and bright flowers.There were trees, of course; a spreading horse-chestnut, a row of slender Lombardy poplars at the back, along the white wall, and in the middle two symmetrical, round-topped linden-trees. The French marigolds and dahlias were just now at their best--such dahlias as no one else in Hamilton could grow. Peter had tended this bit of ground for over twenty years, and had got the upper hand of it.In this undertaking he got help and encouragement from his landlord, a retired German farmer, good-natured and lenient about everything but spending money.If the Professor happened to have a new baby at home, or a faculty dinner, or an illness in the family, or any unusual expense, Appelhoff cheerfully waited for the rent; but pay for repairs he would not.
From one of the dismantled windows the Professor happened to look out into his back garden, and at that cheerful sight he went quickly downstairs and escaped from the dusty air and brutal light of the empty rooms.
Anything that clung to his body showed it to be built upon extremely good bones, with the slender hips and springy shoulders of a tireless swimmer.
Though he was born on Lake Michigan, of mixed stock (Canadian French on one side, and American farmers on the other), St. That was possibly because he had been in Spain a good deal, and was an authority on certain phases of Spanish history.
He even spent a little money to bear half the expense of the stucco wall.
The Professor had succeeded in making a French garden in Hamilton.