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CHAPTER II THE YOUNG CAMBRIDGE STUDENTS JACOB was intending to say
yet more, when he noticed Joseph coming back to them, so he turned
to him and began to ask news of his tutor, and then of all his
wanderings, being uncertain as yet how they had resulted. So Joseph
began his relation. " When I and my tutor Apollos started for our
travels to Europe, we first of all paid a visit to Sicily. Here we
were waylaid by brigands, all our provisions and baggage were
carried off, and, what was the greatest grief of all, my servant
was slain, and, as Apollos was sent off to Italy, I was left alone
in the greatest want." He was very brief in the few things he said
so far, either because he was ashamed and pained when recalling
such wretched misfortune, or perhaps from a desire to tell his
father as soon as possible the services of his present guests, and
he said nothing more, except to excuse himself for not writing home
by the plea that he was daily engaged in planning his return. " At
last," he added, " I was able to accomplish it, thanks to these our
guests, who paid all the charges for my passage, and so our
hospitality is by no means a gift or obligation, but rather some
little return for a very great favour." " Not at all," said
Eugenius; " it is we who are indebted to you for being such a very
pleasant companion and such a useful guide to us for next to
nothing." " Then," said Jacob to him, " pray tell me a little more
plainly what really happened, so that, as the recipient of a great
benefit, I may learn what it was, and thankfully acknowledge it."
VOL. I. The youth's reply was: " When we were students at Cambridge
together, we heard of the fame of this Republic, and became
possessed of a mighty desire to pay a visit to this city and its
people, and to know...
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