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He agreed eagerly. "What is important is what a man is and not what he appears to be.... I have now accustomed myself to the idea that I will not get the assistantship, which will probably become available at Easter. " The results of the disastrous day in the seminar were not all bad. Suddenly important people began to take notice of him and be very nice, especially Alfred Haar, Hilbert's assistant. Haar personally reproached Dr. " Toeplitz also came to Courant's support, and Hellinger gave him some good advice on how to improve his report.

The man whose business he had been going to buy sued him for breach of contract. Richard shortly overcame what was apparently poor preparation in Glatz. " Although he got the job, he lost it very soon. The boy he had been hired to teach was lazy and slow. Richard was impatient, then angry, then abusive. The boy's mother finally slapped him and threw him out of the house. It was a cold, wet day. Courant never forgot-this he told me-how he found himself lying in the mud with a tiny gold piece in his hand, the first money he had ever earned.

Hilbert kept getting more and more impatient-although it's surprising that he was not more rude to me-and I became more and more upset and confused. He turned my whole outline upside down, and everybody smiled ironically. The other members of the seminar, especially HeIly, talked more than I did. " When Courant got back to his attic room, he found a letter from Nelly waiting for him. In it she warned him that it was not good to direct 17 Courant himself singlemindedly toward a goal like the assistantship, and thus make himself dependent upon unknown men and their judgments of him.

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