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By the end of 1872, while George Hearst roamed the West to compile his fortune, Phebe decided, with her husband's encouragement, to fulfill her dreams—a twenty-month trip to Europe with Willie. But first came sixty days of intensive preparation. Orderly and systematic in approach to problems and goal-oriented in her cultural development, Phebe was not about to leave anything to chance. She planned to cross the country by train, visiting friends and relatives whenever possible before leaving from New York City for a year's tour of the Continent.

The hotel concierge, angrily spouting all manner of unkind phrases, tried to dislodge the ramrod, Hearst recalled, and brought "the whole dodgasted plaster ceiling .. l The remaining months of the grand tour went smoothly. For the rest of the summer Phebe and Willie revisited England, enjoying such historic sites as Stratford-on-Avon and Oxford University, which she had previously been unable to schedule. Then in September they briefly returned to Paris before sailing on October 10 from Liverpool on the Cunard Line steamer Cuba and, after a rough voyage, docked at New York City on October 23,1874.

Late in the summer Sybil was on her way to attend a conservatory in Paris, while young Will, disconsolate but resigned to the situation, traveled to Cambridge to enroll at Harvard. During his freshman year Will Hearst adjusted rather well to Harvard life; at least in his letters he revealed none of the sarcasm and venom evidenced at St. Paul's. Possibly the fact that Phebe accompanied him to Cambridge and decided to remodel a rather plain apartment in Matthews Hall with her own distinct taste, building library shelves in the walls and buying beautiful mahogany tables "equipped with Harvard-red smoking sets," may have had something to do with his attitude.

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