Summer 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1951 |

The Invisible Bridges

The high-school auditorium blazed with lights and the school band in its blue and gold uniforms had just dashingly finished up "America" when Paul, coming in rather out of breath from hurrying, found a seat on the center aisle and settled down to listen to an evening of patriotism sponsored by the town fathers in the interests of the community. He would have preferred to stay at home alone, but as one of the faculty this would not have been wise; he had not, however, gone to the dinner beforehand for the visiting speaker, Mr. Bragdon, since his absence he knew would have been no loss to anybody. He was a too-shy young man, given to occasional spells of ungainly egotism that put most people off, so he was not a social asset in small town life. He had lived there for only two years but he had the secure little niche of the off-horse: secure in that no one expected the usual of him and yet for not being usual he was constantly criticized. He was, however, popular with his students. Now

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