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93 Although she did not write on her own outside of school, her professor’s ideas impressed her a great deal. After an unpleasant encounter with a secretary at the library school, Beverly decided not to attend Cal’s graduate program in library studies. The woman strongly implied that Beverly was not a good enough student to be accepted into the program, and the school had nothing to offer a children’s librarian. Instead she applied to the University of Washington’s graduate school of librarianship.

125 When Beverly finished “Spareribs and Henry,” one of her friends, whom she valued for her honesty, read the story. The woman liked it. Beverly sent it to a publisher who rejected the story but included a very encouraging note. The story had “humor, action, and realism” but a short story couldn’t really be used by a book publisher. 126 In fact, Beverly already had more ideas about the adventures of Henry Huggins. She thought back to the story she’d written as a teenager about the boy who had accidentally been dyed green and turned it into a story about Henry.

Her imagination allowed her to remain independent, even when money was tight. Beverly’s housemates warned her about the final for English majors, known as the Comprehensive. Their worried tones left Beverly wondering what could be so difficult about an English test. The back of her course catalog explained: “The Comprehensive Final Examination must be taken at the end of the senior year. It will consist of two three-hour papers, the second of which will take the form of an essay. ” 90 CLARENCE Social life at Cal centered around dances at local clubs, houses, or sororities and fraternities.

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