Mathematics and its allied subjects bored him. He Optedfor learning French instead. His family then registeredhim at the Saint Louis Academy.In his late teens, Hedayat broke with his family;although he occupied a room in his ancestral home
formost of the rest of his life in Iran, he did notparticipate in his family's social life. Nor did he seek,during his school days or later, to use his family'sgreat influence to secure himself a lucrative position.His "new" life at the Saint Louis Academy consistedof studying the lives of great men of the past andlearning French and English. In order to receive currentand pertinent Western literary materials, he begancorresponding with relevant European literary circles.They, in turn, supplied Hedayat with the titles that heneeded. "Knowledge of the Unknown" seems to have been hismain interest at the time--the books he read were on theastrolabe, on the art of divining and about the occult
. He also wrote. For example, he alone wrotethe entire school newspaper, published it, anddistributed it. To this paper he contributed such piecesas "Zaban-i Hal-i yek Olaq dar Vaqt-i Marg" ("The SilentLanguage of a Donkey at the Time-of Death"). Some ofthese early writings which now exist only in thenewspapers and journals of the time must be included inthe new editions of
(ScatteredNotes). He graduated from the Saint Louis Academy in
.Hedayat completed research on and published his firststudy ofUmar Khayyam, entitled "Ruba'iyyat-i Hakim UmarKhayyam" ("The Quatrains of the Philosopher UmarKhayyam"), in
when he was twenty years of age. Thiswas during the final years of the Qajar dynasty, thedynasty in which his family held high offices close tothe court.Hedayat's study of Khayyam led him to examine thephilosophies of two other Aryans, Zoroaster and theBuddha. In
, he published his first impressions in abrief study entitled "Ensan va Heyvan," ("Man andAnimal"). Like Zoroaster's "Gatha of the Ox Soul," "Ensanva Heyvan" is primarily a defense of the animal kingdomagainst the ravages of man. And as do the dictates of theBuddha, it condemns the killing of animals for anypurpose. Personally convinced, later on Hedayat became avegetarian himself and remained a vegetarian to the endof his life (see below).