It is, in fact, the groundwork of the historic Norman character.
It stimulated the curiosity of latent sensibilities, provoked fresh inquisition into the groundwork of existence, and strengthened man's self-esteem by knowledge of what men had thought and felt and done in ages when Christianity was not.
Then came the final redactor, who interpolated the groundwork and the Methuselah sections, adding two others from his own pen.
The groundwork, so far as it can be ascertained, and the grammar are Indo-European, but a large number of words have been borrowed from the Latin or Italian and Greek, and it is not always easy to decide whether the mutilated and curtailed forms now in use represent adopted words or belong to the original vocabulary.
The necessary inference is that his stay at the university was short, and that only the groundwork of his education was laid there.