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October 8, 194Q |
Man^Uoae. . .
... is a word on the tip of most of our
tongues. After all, why shouldn’t it be ? Most
every girl here at Salem wants eventually to
get married—even some of the local cynics
have admitted it of late.
Marriage, to quote my parents, “is the
greatest undertaking in life.” We need pre
paration for this undertaking and you, here at
Salem, are being offered, free, an opportunity
next week to hear Mrs. B. H. Ould speak on
this very subject—marriage.
Mrs. Ould has been to Salem many times
before and is one of our most popular speakers.
Proof positive that she is—nobody cuts Chapel
\vhen she is tlie speaker. You who have heard
her, need no pep-talk to hear her again. You
new students, rest assured that you won’t be
disappointed in her.
The YMCA has spent a great deal of time
getting Mrs. Ould here. Mrs. Ould is giving
us her time. Won’t you take some time and
attend the marriage lectures?
^4e SaUmite , , ,
. . . on behalf of the practice teachers
wishes to commend and thank Mary Patience
McPall, president of the Education Ctub, for
the arrangement which she has made to use
the station wagon as a transportation means
for the practice teachers.
Not only does the station wagon facilitate
the transportation by ridding, in part, the nec
essity of taxi cabs, but it also has cut the trans
portation expenses of the practice teachers one-
third of the original cost.
We Weico4fte . . .
. . . letters from the students and faculty,
at any time. The Salemite will accept no un
signed letters but names will be witheld from
publication on request.
Reprinted from the August issue of Esquire
”/ think it^s the wrong approach, but she's
determined to get a man"
Moore Reviews N. C. Novel;
Finds TW Wordy Yet Worthy
by Catherine Moore
Although Thomas Wolfe claims it
a novel it is more a verbose overflow
of feelings and passions. There is
little exposition and no complicated
plot. It is a story of sweat and
pain and despair and partial achi
The plot of Look Homeward,
Angel deals with Eugene Gant, a
We urge suggestions and corrections that native of Altamont (Asheville) from
Avill make the Salemite a better paper, and we birth until graduation from the uni-
solicit' comments on campus relations and ad- versity (U. N. C.). The story would
ministrative policies. he simple except that the author
— pictures the whole Gant family-
Oliver, the father; Eliza, the mother;
brothers Luke, Steve and Ben; sister
Helen—and all the people with whom
Eugene associates. Even though
there are innumerable characters,
each one is presented vividly as a
tense emotional individual.
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The main thread of the story is
Eugene’s rebellon against his asso
ciates, a groping search for some
thing which he is never able to find.
In this connection there is a great
repitition of the phrase ‘ ‘ an unfound
door”. Going back to childhood
experiences into thoroughness and
passion, Wolfe manages to portray
the individual loneliness in a society
where there is a conflict between
Carolyn Taylor accumulation of money and develop-
Laurel Green
1 L Mary Porter Evans personality. Wolfe’s central
Peirano Aiken theme centers around the search for
Dale Smith help, an image of strength and wis-
Helen Brown, Betty Biles dom. When no definite solution for
Copy Editors: Joan Carter Read, Clara Belle Le Grande characters is reached
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the author himself was not sure what
EditorlM Staff: lone Bradsher, Tootsie Gillespie,
Ruth Lenkoski. answer to the life of these
Pictorial Editors: Peggy Ann Watkins and Martha warped individuals should be.
Ed. Assistants: Dot Arrington, Carolyn Lovelace, strength of this novel lies in
Helen Creamer, Lila Fretwell, Mary Lib Weaver, the presentation of a segment of life
Lola Dawson, Winkie Harris, Sybil Haskins, Ro- in America. This novel is a sensor-
bert Gray, Polly Harrop, Prances Reznick, Nancy ial picture of ordinary, unintellect-
Duckworth, Catherine Moore, Sis Pooser, Clinky small-town Americans written
Cjiinkscales, Fay Stickney. *1.1.
Janet Zimmer and Ann McConnell. phrases which Wolfe
inherited from Whitman and Mel
ville. •
This story is intensely autoboi-
graphical and Wolfe is self-centered
Janie Powlk^ as few American writers dare to be.
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In the preface he refutes the idea
that his work is an autobiography.
Wolfe protests against the term upon
the grounds that any writing is of
necessity autobiographical. He be
lieved that a writer must use the
material and experience of his own
life if he’ is to create anything that
has substantial value. Not only are
the superficial incidents from life
brought out, but also some of the
inner thoughts and feelings about
life, death and religion. He believes
each person is the sum of his ex
In his book. The Story of a Novel,
Wolfe admits that Look Homeward,
Angel comes more or less directly
from the experiences of his own life.
Also he agrees that he may have
written with a profundity of spirit
which characterizes the earliest work
of a young writer. In this novel he
is learning his profession, discover
ing the structure and' language to
see if writing is the' wo>rk he wants
to do. Finally, he confesses to have
attempted to describe' to a great ex
cess, completely lacking restraint,
the desperate frustration and keen
desires in human experiences.
Even to a person who likes Wolfe’s
wordy, impetous, over-flowing style
which covers every event of his boy
hood, one realizes that pruning and
revision would improve Look Home
ward, Angel. The author tries to
do too much—no one book can em
body the whole of America. From
the style the book seems to be a
memorial to Wolfe’s ego. For all
this, however, the picturesque im
pression of the sad pains of child
hood, and the wealth of Wolfe’s
memory of youthful experiences
make the book great. It is not al
together to the author’s discredit
that the work was not written with
a clear view of mind. It is dei
veloped into a piece of prose that is
artistically beautiful. No one can
read Look Homeward, Angel and for
get the repeated phrase, “a stone,
a leaf, an unfound door, and all the
forgotten faces”.
by Bamuel Sutler
Is one who comes to colleg-e to fall. She
comes in quest of higher learning, but instead
she learns the lesser vices of life. She is one
who, never having nerves before, responds to
the stimulus of coffee rather than to scholarly
research. In hei' new environment she learns
the tediousness of a term-paper, the pleasure
of a Chesterfield cigarette, the longing for a
light-cut and the welcome of a 'week-end. In
an atteiiipt to pigeon-hole her new knowledge,
she classes sophomores as mean, juniors as
jolly and seniors as gracious.
Is one who for her safety is tied up in
reams of red tape. She is bound on all sides,
except for occasions that merit her mother’s
signature, by arbitrary lines known as city
limits. In channels and in columns, the Sopho
more is cut off.
Is one who has learned the short-cuts of
college life. Having fewer early classes, she
comes to breakfast garbed in kerchief and rain
coat. A iirocrastinator from the very start,
she runs from library stacks to smoke-houses
accomplishing nothing. Her week-ends allow
her more liberty. She is permitted to wander
out into the realm known as The Radius, only
to wander back again on Sunday night with
lessons unprepared and laundry undone.
Is a girl of rank and almost a degree. She
is the growth of her own college. Her higher
education has rendered her a native of her o^vra
school and a foreigner to all other places, from
which she differs in slang, social attitudes and
antics which are as ungracious as the garbarge
cans that line South Main Street on Tuesday
She assumes the upper end of the table
in Corrin Refectory^ as her senior perogative;
receives the homage of her tablemates which
are usually underclassmen, and dispenses all
food and communication like a ten-armed octa-
pus. The chief points she beats her gums on
are the memories of her dates and beaus which
she repeats,as often as a broken victrola re
cord. She tries to be funny, but her wit is so
profound and obscure to a stranger that it
deems a commentary and is not to be under
stood without proper channeling.
When she greets her date, she stamps with
her foot, like a mad jitterbug, makes a lunge
in which she often kisses him, hitting him on
the nose and chin and sometimes the mouth.
She goes to the movies to see real romance,
that is, to see what’s on the screen and the de
voted couple in front of her—all for forty-
eight cents.
• times is life a fanatic. A teacher
IS thought by students to be mad with too much
learning; but a faculty member of our times
IS mad with too little. He assumes a privilege
0 impress what part of the text he pleases
or IS use, and puts those that make against
im on a failure list. His classes, that tend
toward dlusion and confusion, are neither fit
or numbskulls or geniuses, but for something
m between like a psycopathic who cannot en
dure a crisis and is no good in a calm.
He IS all for having his pupils suffer for
purposes, but nothing for playing; for he ac
counts good times as a wasteful and an un-
He outgrows broad-
nnri L little boys outgrow short pants,
, faculty member supposes himself
J ! He calls his own
ppose abilities the fruits of graduate school
^d disposes of himself like a babbling brook.
e IS u a poor lost soul that moves he knows
J? classes are the dead leaden
™ motion. His
®«!^«larly, and inward man is
, pi , or he carries books on his arm, and a
blank expression on his face.

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