Support the Monkey! Tell All your Friends and Teachers
NEXT DAY at 11 a.m. Higgins’s laboratory in Wimpole Street. It is a room
on the first floor, looking on the street, and was meant for the drawing room. The
double doors are in the middle of the back wall; and persons entering find in the
corner to their right two tall file cabinets at right angles to one another against the
walls. In this corner stands a flat writing-table, on which are a phonograph, a la-
ryngoscope, a row of tiny organ pipes with a bellows, a set of lamp chimneys for
singing flames with burners attached to a gas plug in the wall by an indiarubber
tube, several tuning-forks of different sizes, a life-size image of half a human
head, shewing in section the vocal organs, and a box containing a supply of wax
cylinders for the phonograph.
Further down the room, on the same side, is a fireplace, with a comfortable
leather-covered easy-chair at the side of the hearth nearest the door, and a coal-
scuttle. There is a clock on the mantelpiece. Between the fireplace and the phono-
graph table is a stand for newspapers.
On the other side of the central door, to the left of the visitor, is a cabinet of
shallow drawers. On it is a telephone and the telephone directory. The corner be-
yond, and most of the side wall, is occupied by a grand piano, with the keyboard
at the end furthest from the door, and a bench for the player extending the full
length of the keyboard. On the piano is a dessert dish heaped with fruit and
sweets, mostly chocolates.