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Professor Silenus - for that was the title by which this extraordinary young man chose to be called - was

a 'find' of Mrs BesteChetwynde's. He was not yet very famous anywhere though all who met him carried away dee! and diverse im!ressions of his genius. He had first attracted Mrs Beste-Chetwynde's attention with the re"ected design for a chewing-gum factory which had been !roduced in a !rogressive Hungarian #uarterly. His only other com!leted wor$ was the d%cor for a cinema-film of great length and com!lexity of !lot - a com!lexity rendered the more inextricable by the !roducer's austere elimination of all human character a fact which had !roved fatal to its commercial success. He was starving resignedly in a bedsitting-room in Bloomsbury des!ite the untiring efforts of his !arents to find him - they were very rich in Hamburg - when he was offered the commission of rebuilding &ing's 'hursday. 'Something clean and s#uare' - he !ondered for three hungry days u!on the aesthetic im!lications of these instructions and then began his designs. ''he !roblem of architecture as ( see it ' he told a "ournalist who had come to re!ort on the !rogress of his sur!rising creation of ferroconcrete and aluminium 'is the !roblem of all art - the elimination of the human element from the consideration of form. 'he only !erfect building must be the factory because that is built to house machines not men. ( do not thin$ it is !ossible for domestic architecture to be beautiful but ( am doing my best. )ll ill comes from man ' he said gloomily* '!lease tell your readers that. Man is never beautiful he is never ha!!y exce!t when he becomes the channel for the distribution of mechanical forces.' 'he "ournalist loo$ed doubtful. '+ow Professor ' he said 'tell me this. (s it a fact that you have refused to ta$e any fee for the wor$ you are doing if you don't mind my as$ing,' '(t is not ' said Professor Silenus.