Act II, Scene 5

(At Cambridge. The Principal had sent for Aurobindo. Aurobindo was very bashful. It was not in his nature to come to the fore. Enter Aurobindo.)

AUROBINDO: Good morning, Sir.

PRINCIPAL: Ah, at last you have come. Better late than never. I have sent for you three times.

AUROBINDO: Sorry, Sir, please excuse me.

PRINCIPAL: My dear boy, nothing wrong with you, I suppose? Now, I come to the point: your essay on Milton. I have never seen such a wonderful piece by an undergrad since I came over here. You have headed the list.

AUROBINDO (bashfully smiling): Thank you, Sir, it is so kind of you. If there was any inspiration, it must have been from the great subject of the essay himself.