By Charles Dudley Warner
Edited by way of Thomas R. Lounsbury. This Elibron Classics booklet is a facsimile reprint of a 1904 variation by way of the yankee Publishing corporation, Hartford (Conn.).
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It’s all in your point of view. 7 It is tempting to go on with impressions of the culture and civilization of the area in and surrounding Kitchener and Waterloo, but topics such as politics and social relationships may perhaps be better postponed until after I have gotten myself on the campus and immersed in the community that would in time become the base for my professional life. The physical setting was not exactly a shock. After all, I had just come from Toronto where I had worked in a tiny office upstairs in the cloisters, an area that pretended to be medieval, and in some ways succeeded.
Another reason for my inspiring distrust in my associates was— don’t laugh—sartorial. After I had become more integrated into the faculty, a Lutheran layman gave me a direct hint about brightening up my wardrobe. We had to appear before the Kitchener-Waterloo public at various public functions, and apparently my appearance was too sombre. I was shocked because I thought I was really welldressed, just like the upper-class ladies I had encountered in Toronto. In fact, my clothes had all been made in Toronto.
It seemed that family honour was at stake. A cousin had attained an honours degree, so this poor girl was expected do the same. There were demands and petitions to everyone possibly involved, including the head at Western. ” said the father. When I repeated his remark to the head at Western he said, “That settles it,” and he rejected the petition. The student in question finally went to the usa to get a degree that would satisfy family pride. The whole affair caused me to wonder about university standards.