Quotation by Alexander Theroux

The male professor at Quinsy College ... by his very presence precipitated a thousand desperate necessities, a particular situation, needless to say, that often put in ludicrous but privileged ascendence those who would be gentlemen that late were grooms. He could act like a churl, use his hands for locomotion, or look like the Expansible Pig, the girls didn't care—instans instanter, he became a combination of father confessor, confidant, marriage counselor, friend, adept, and phantom lover.
Alexander Theroux (b. 1940), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Darconville's Cat, ch. 24, New York, Doubleday (1981).
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