"Well, I declare," said the nurse. Suddenly, she stood up at her desk. "I believe doctor's finished with that last patient now."
Dr. Williams, wearing a long white coat, walked through the reception room to the door, shook hands with a heavyset man and gave him a reassuring pat on the shoulder. "I'll see you next week," he said. He turned and faced the nurse's desk. He was a man standing about 5 feet 9, strong-jawed, with iron-gray hair, lean, flat-waisted, quick to smile. He glanced inquiringly at the nurse.
"This is the man come to do the write-up, doctor," she said.
"Oh, yes," said Dr. Williams, putting out his hand. "How do you do. I'm glad you could come down from Tulsa. I've kept the afternoon free so's we could go out and see the farm. Afterwards, I thought we'd have dinner."
"That would be wonderful, doctor," I said.
He frowned suddenly.
"Only one thing bothers me," he said. "Now I'll be pleased to show you around the farm and talk polo all you want. But since I spoke to you on the phone I've had some misgivings about a write-up. I just don't see how I deserve a write-up. Three years ago I might have, but now—well, what have I done lately?"
"Three years ago, doctor," I said, "you took a team representing the Dallas Athletic Club to the National Open at Oak Brook Polo Club in Hinsdale, Ill. and you won what is known as the world series of polo. Two years before that you were a member of the Brandy-wine, Pa. team that also won the National Open. In 1948 your team won the National Inter-Circuit. For years you've been the only left-handed player in high-goal polo, and I think you still are."
"Well," said Dr. Williams, "Young Tommy Hitchcock, the son of the great 10-goaler, is a left-hander and he's got a one-goal handicap right now. I believe he's still in Harvard. But that doesn't alter the fact that I haven't been on a winning team in a big tournament lately."
"But it's perfectly possible, isn't it," I said, "that you could captain another great team to represent the Dallas Athletic Club and go after the National Open championship again next year? Maybe sign up Bob Skene again? I believe that, along with Cecil Smith, Skene is one of the two 10-goal players in the country?"