Andrew Larkin graduated from the 25th grade with a degree in medicine, and then spent another 25 years working. He was freed, not far from The Shire, in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is in recovery from workaholism, and enjoying life. To his astonishment he has found that his life today has recapitulated his life in boarding school in many ways. He does not watch television or listen to the radio. He exercises regularly rowing and walking. He spends his time reading. He enjoys naps. His interest in chemistry has morphed into home-economics; he enjoys baking and cooking. His friends say his home looks like a college dorm. He is happily married. She lives in a house across town, which he visits frequently. He mows her lawn with a scythe.