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There was always a lot of men outside the Institute, always. Penniless corner, my father always called it. They used to look so important and yet they were poor. It was all, all attached, you know, everything was attached, as you go in through the front door, there was a little office, always a noticeboard inside for things that was going on. Then on that side, on the right-hand side would be the big reading room that was the lightest room in the place. Then on the left-hand side then was another big room and they’d be playing dominoes or cards and there was all men I think that’s what they lived for was their game of cards and reading the papers in the reading room. I mean, our dad never bought a paper, he’d always go up the 'Stute and read the paper. And then there’d be the library next door.
The first time I ever really became aware of books was through the Institute. I remember discovering the library. I was fascinated by it. I suddenly walked in and there w