"Oh! Oh! You drilled into the very place you put that probe! Couldn't you see the
hole and keep out of it? Oh, it aches so!" She sat up and held the towel to her cheek dis¬
"Do you know," she began again, "every dentist I've ever had I simply hate. I can't
help it—they were all so brutal, so inhuman! The.y don't care at all what they do to one.
just so they get through. You'd think they'd be gentle—they see so much suffering; but
they just grow calloused! How do dentists keep their own teeth all right ? I'll bet there's
something one can use to prevent decay, but dentists conceal it from the public."
'' Come on. now.'' said Hull. '"' I won't hurt you. I '11 be just as gentle as possible.'' He
was waiting. His instrument poised.
"Oh, I wish you'd hurry and finish my whole mouth, so I'd be through. I hate the
sight of this College building—and the smell of the drugs, or whatever they are—in that
little box of yours, sends a cold chill over me!''
"All right. Open your mouth, and I'll sec how much I can finish." He began again
to drill, carefully, slowly.
Suddenly she sat up. pushing away his hands. "Oh, there it's two o'clock! And noth¬
ing accomplished!" She scrambled out of the chair. "I told you I was in a hurry, and
you haven't done one thing!" She glared at him as she pinned on her hat.
Hull stood dumbfounded as he watched her vanish through the door, then murmured
to himself. "Don't that beat the devil."
W. J. P.
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