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AMORY, SON OF BEATRICE
SPIRES AND GARGOYLES
THE EGOTIST CONSIDERS
NARCISSUS OFF DUTY
THE DEBUTANTE
EXPERIMENTS IN CONVALESCENCE
YOUNG IRONY
THE SUPERCILIOUS SACRIFICE
THE EGOTIST BECOMES A PERSONAGE

whisper, yet found time to revel in the blood-stained bandage around his 

head, and the straining, glorious heroism of plunging, crashing bodies 

and aching limbs. For those minutes courage flowed like wine out of the 

November dusk, and he was the eternal hero, one with the sea-rover on 

the prow of a Norse galley, one with Roland and Horatius, Sir Nigel and 

Ted Coy, scraped and stripped into trim and then flung by his own will 

into the breach, beating back the tide, hearing from afar the thunder of 

cheers... finally bruised and weary, but still elusive, circling an end, 

twisting, changing pace, straight-arming... falling behind the Groton 

goal with two men on his legs, in the only touchdown of the game. 

 

***** 

 

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE SLICKER 

 

From the scoffing superiority of sixth-form year and success Amory 

looked back with cynical wonder on his status of the year before. He was 

changed as completely as Amory Blaine could ever be changed. Amory plus 

Beatrice plus two years in Minneapolis--these had been his ingredients 

when he entered St. Regis'. But the Minneapolis years were not a thick 

enough overlay to conceal the "Amory plus Beatrice" from the ferreting 

eyes of a boarding-school, so St. Regis' had very painfully drilled 

Beatrice out of him, and begun to lay down new and more conventional 

planking on the fundamental Amory. But both St. Regis' and Amory were 

unconscious of the fact that this fundamental Amory had not in himself 

changed. Those qualities for which he had suffered, his moodiness, his 

tendency to pose, his laziness, and his love of playing the fool, were 

now taken as a matter of course, recognized eccentricities in a star 

quarter-back, a clever actor, and the editor of the St. Regis Tattler: 

it puzzled him to see impressionable small boys imitating the very 

vanities that had not long ago been contemptible weaknesses. 

 

After the football season he slumped into dreamy content. The night 

of the pre-holiday dance he slipped away and went early to bed for the 


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