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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 2. March 26, 1941

Were You There?

Were You There?

"You look disgustingly sober tonight," said the Fresher.

"And since when has sobriety disgusted you, my friend," said I grinning with hard pride. The face that was valiantly trying to wear the mask of solemn erudition beneath the carefully cultivated wing of black hair that was to sweep the broad intellectual brow dissolved into the clumsy simplicity of an exposed greenhorn.

On the dance floor a milling throng of couples sway and converge in the thickening congestion, while on the outskirts a substantial nymph with biceps like a "hausfrau" and a diaphonous dress which, patterned on a good speech, is just short enough to be interesting, clutches her man and bursts into the light and a brief unobstructed liberty of glides and spins before being slowly swallowed into the sluggish vortex.

And the pathetic little knots of forgotten men by the door waiting for the escape to supper; and Comrades Daniell, Stacy and Higgin haranguing a listless crowd; and the strident jargon of jazz; and the hot kisses over the cold stone annals of human transcience and decay; and the rapid river of stars; and the night.

Tenders are hereby called for the construction of a loft for stool pigeons, the loft to be placed beneath the card-table in the men's Common Room.