LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 4, page 2 of 7)

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Chapter 4

Nikola is lying there weak with his eyes half closed and barely speaking. His father tries desperately to rouse him and to stir him into a more cheerful mood. In a commanding voice, his father says, "Nikola, you cannot go."

Djourka was holding Nilola's hand, "This is going on much too long."

There is hardly enough energy in Nikola for an audible whisper, "I could get well… if you let me study - engineering."

His father bends over intently, seizes him and says, "You will be an engineer. Do you hear me? You will go to the best technical institute I can find and you will be a great engineer." He pauses, "You must get well, you will be a great engineer if that is what you want."

A faint smile occurs and a shine comes into Nikola's eyes.

"Thank God! You heard me, Nikola. You will go to an engineering school and become a great engineer. Do you understand me?"

There isn't enough energy for Nikola to speak, but the smile becomes a little more definite. His mother looks at Nikola and her husband and sees the faint smile that appears. She puts her hand on Rev. Tesla's shoulder and looks at both of them very longingly.

It wasn't long after that time that his fever went down. He is reading the book written by Mark Twain and everyone knows he is on the road to recovery.

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