Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Childhood of Albert Einstein (part-3)

"A book of geology."

"Geology? Rocks and things? Do you learn that?"

"No. We have hardly any science at school."

"Then why are you studying it?"

"Because I like it. Isn't that a good enough reason?"

Elsa sighed.

"You are right, of course, Albert," she said, "But it won't help with your diploma."

Apart from books on science his only comfort was music, and he played his violin regularly until his landlady asked him to stop.

"That wailing gets on my nerves," she said. "There's enough noise in the house, with all the kids howling."

Albert was tempted to point out that most of the time it was she with made them howl, but he decided it was better to say nothing.

"I must get away from here," he told Yuri, after six months alone in Munich. "It is absurd that I should go on like this. In the end it will turn out I have been wasting my father's money and everyone's time. It will be better for all if I stop now."

"And then what will you do?" Yuri asked.

"I don't know. If I go to Milan I'm afraid my father will send me back. Unless ..." his eyes gleamed with a sudden idea. "Yuri, do you know any friendly doctors?"

"I know a lot of medical students, and some of them are friendly," said Yuri. "Doctor, no. I've never had enough money to go to one. Why?"

"Suppose," said Albert, "that I had a nervous breakdown. Suppose a doctor would say it's bad for me to go to school, and I need to get right away from it?"

"I can't imagine a doctor saying that," said Yuri.

"I must try," said Albert, "to find a doctor Who specialises in nerves."

"There are plenty of them," Yuri told him. He hesitated for a moment, and then added, rather reluctantly, I'll ask some of the students if they know one, if you like."

"Will you? Oh, thank you, Yuri," Albert's eyes were shining.

"Wait a moment, I haven't found one yet... "

"Oh, but you will"

"And if I do I don't know if he'll be willing to help you... "

"He will, he will," declared Albert ."I'm going to have a real nervous breakdown, to make it easier for him." he laughed merrily.

To be continued...... 

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