Because of a bad case of grippe, Guy Pollock had not been able to attend the party at the home of the Sam Clarks. Consequently Carol did not meet him until he and Vida were invited to dinner at the Kennicotts' home. He was a genteel lawyer of thirty-eight, a "poetic bachelor," widely read. It was he who coined the phrase "Village Virus," a disease which "infects ambitious people who stay too long in the provinces." Despite his interest in dramatics, he was one of the poorest actors in The Girl from Kankakee.