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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

was good-looking, "sort of distinguished, when he wants to be," had a 

line, and was properly inconstant. In fact, he summed up all the romance 

that her age and environment led her to desire. She wondered if those 

were his dancing-shoes that fox-trotted tentatively around the soft rug 

below. 

 

All impressions and, in fact, all ideas were extremely kaleidoscopic to 

Isabelle. She had that curious mixture of the social and the artistic 

temperaments found often in two classes, society women and actresses. 

Her education or, rather, her sophistication, had been absorbed from 

the boys who had dangled on her favor; her tact was instinctive, and 

her capacity for love-affairs was limited only by the number of the 

susceptible within telephone distance. Flirt smiled from her large 

black-brown eyes and shone through her intense physical magnetism. 

 

So she waited at the head of the stairs that evening while slippers 

were fetched. Just as she was growing impatient, Sally came out of the 

dressing-room, beaming with her accustomed good nature and high spirits, 

and together they descended to the floor below, while the shifting 

search-light of Isabelle's mind flashed on two ideas: she was glad she 

had high color to-night, and she wondered if he danced well. 

 

Down-stairs, in the club's great room, she was surrounded for a moment 

by the girls she had met in the afternoon, then she heard Sally's voice 

repeating a cycle of names, and found herself bowing to a sextet of 

black and white, terribly stiff, vaguely familiar figures. The name 

Blaine figured somewhere, but at first she could not place him. A 

very confused, very juvenile moment of awkward backings and bumpings 

followed, and every one found himself talking to the person he least 

desired to. Isabelle manoeuvred herself and Froggy Parker, freshman 

at Harvard, with whom she had once played hop-scotch, to a seat on the 

stairs. A humorous reference to the past was all she needed. The things 

Isabelle could do socially with one idea were remarkable. First, she 


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