Two men live sixty-three years each. They meet face to face four times. One is superbly handsome, the finest flower of a civilization now vanished. The other is short and awkward both physically and in manner, the type of fellow (according to H.L. Mencken) who would say to you: "Meet the wife." Yet the society that one symbolizes is narrow and provincial, grooved, rooted, and the world of the other is wide, expanding, youthful, growing.