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neck that Rabindranath in that respect was sterling gold. Vulgarity or anything vile never did or could cast even a passing shadow on him. He was no prig but he was never risque. I remember once when talking pleasantly about his financial stringency in his new educational venture, he told us a story of an offer of a marriage in his younger days from a Madras Millionaire— was it Bobili ?—how he was introduced to his bride to be— or rather his bride not to be— and her mother somewhere I forget. He described all that passed in that meeting with such an amount of pleasant and inimitable humour that at the end of it we felt refreshed and uplifted as after a breezy walk across a moonlit world. His power of conversation was unique in its impressiveness in matters both grave and gay. He could discuss for hours with pundits on serious topics with a charm of depth and spontaniety which was a treat to hear. He was not less at home with children hardly above eleven or twelve which was the maximum age of our alumni in those days. In fact, I have known of children shunning the society of their playmates of their own accord to hang upon his honeyed words. })\e