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turn around in comfortably had already begun to creep 
over him, and the thought of being able to see Wingate and 
Steger frequently, and to have his mail reach him, after 
a, time, untampered with, was a great relief. He was to 
have his own underwear, silk and wool—thank God !—and 
perhaps they would let him take off these shoes after 
a while. With these modifications and a trade, and per- 
haps the little yard which Desmas had referred to, his 
life would be, if not ideal, at least tolerable. The prison 
was a prison still, but it looked as though it might not 
be so much of a terror to him as to some other people. 
During the two weeks in which Cowperwood was in 
the " manners squad, " in care of Mr. Chapin, he learned 
nearly as much as he ever learned of the general nature 
of prison life; for this was not an ordinary penitentiary 
in the sense that the prison yard, the prison squad, the 
prison lock-step, the prison dining-room, and prison as- 
sociated labor make the ordinary penitentiary. There 
was, for him and for the very large majority of those con- 
fined there, no general prison life whatsoever. The large 
majority were supposed to work silently in their cells at 
the particular tasks assigned them, and not to know any- 
thing of the remainder of the life which went on around 
them, the rule of this prison being solitary confinement, 
and few being permitted to work at the limited number of 
outside menial tasks provided. Old Chapin, with whom 
Cowperwood became quite friendly within a few days, be- 
cause of his subtle courtesy to the old man, informed him 
that not more than seventy-five of the four hundred pris- 
oners confined here were so employed, and not all of 
these regularly—cooking, gardening in season, milling, and 
general cleaning being the only avenues of escape from 
solitude. Even they were strictly forbidden to talk, and 
although they did not have to wear the objectionable 
hood when actually employed, they were supposed to 
wear it in going to and from their work. Cowperwood 
saw them occasionally tramping by his cell door, and it 
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