But by that fall the unflappable Stout was discouraged. He had spent his entire career developing expertise in an obscure subset of art history, and suddenly world events had thrust that expertise to the forefront. Maybe the Americans gave out some chocolate in the big cities, but we were only in a small town. That’s what I respect.» Choosing to stay Not all of the war brides had pleasant experiences. The committee decided that the two schools would need 332 civilian instructors. Still, the extracurricular activities were tempting. On weekends trucks carried us to overnight stays in Lourdes, Bordeaux, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and the Spanish border.