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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

not remembered; the glass of the side door was iced, the windows 

were shirred with snow in the corners. Her mind played still with one 

subject. Did _he_ dress like that boy there, who walked calmly down a 

bustling business street, in moccasins and winter-carnival costume? How 

very _Western!_ Of course he wasn't that way: he went to Princeton, was 

a sophomore or something. Really she had no distinct idea of him. An 

ancient snap-shot she had preserved in an old kodak book had impressed 

her by the big eyes (which he had probably grown up to by now). However, 

in the last month, when her winter visit to Sally had been decided on, 

he had assumed the proportions of a worthy adversary. Children, most 

astute of match-makers, plot their campaigns quickly, and Sally 

had played a clever correspondence sonata to Isabelle's excitable 

temperament. Isabelle had been for some time capable of very strong, if 

very transient emotions.... 

 

They drew up at a spreading, white-stone building, set back from the 

snowy street. Mrs. Weatherby greeted her warmly and her various younger 

cousins were produced from the corners where they skulked politely. 

Isabelle met them tactfully. At her best she allied all with whom she 

came in contact--except older girls and some women. All the impressions 

she made were conscious. The half-dozen girls she renewed acquaintance 

with that morning were all rather impressed and as much by her direct 

personality as by her reputation. Amory Blaine was an open subject. 

Evidently a bit light of love, neither popular nor unpopular--every girl 

there seemed to have had an affair with him at some time or other, but 

no one volunteered any really useful information. He was going to fall 

for her.... Sally had published that information to her young set 

and they were retailing it back to Sally as fast as they set eyes on 

Isabelle. Isabelle resolved secretly that she would, if necessary, 

_force_ herself to like him--she owed it to Sally. Suppose she were 

terribly disappointed. Sally had painted him in such glowing colors--he 


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