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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

repeated it rapturously in an enthusiastic contralto with a soupcon 

of Southern accent; then she held it off at a distance and smiled at 

it--her wonderful smile; then she delivered it in variations and 

played a sort of mental catch with it, all this in the nominal form 

of dialogue. Froggy was fascinated and quite unconscious that this was 

being done, not for him, but for the green eyes that glistened under the 

shining carefully watered hair, a little to her left, for Isabelle had 

discovered Amory. As an actress even in the fullest flush of her own 

conscious magnetism gets a deep impression of most of the people in the 

front row, so Isabelle sized up her antagonist. First, he had auburn 

hair, and from her feeling of disappointment she knew that she had 

expected him to be dark and of garter-advertisement slenderness.... For 

the rest, a faint flush and a straight, romantic profile; the effect set 

off by a close-fitting dress suit and a silk ruffled shirt of the kind 

that women still delight to see men wear, but men were just beginning to 

get tired of. 

 

During this inspection Amory was quietly watching. 

 

"Don't _you_ think so?" she said suddenly, turning to him, 

innocent-eyed. 

 

There was a stir, and Sally led the way over to their table. Amory 

struggled to Isabelle's side, and whispered: 

 

"You're my dinner partner, you know. We're all coached for each other." 

 

Isabelle gasped--this was rather right in line. But really she felt 

as if a good speech had been taken from the star and given to a minor 

character.... She mustn't lose the leadership a bit. The dinner-table 

glittered with laughter at the confusion of getting places and then 

curious eyes were turned on her, sitting near the head. She was enjoying 

this immensely, and Froggy Parker was so engrossed with the added 

sparkle of her rising color that he forgot to pull out Sally's chair, 

and fell into a dim confusion. Amory was on the other side, full of 

confidence and vanity, gazing at her in open admiration. He began 

directly, and so did Froggy: 

 

"I've heard a lot about you since you wore braids--" 


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