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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

and a half, and when her eyes, wide and starry, proclaimed the ingenue 

most. Amory was proportionately less deceived. He waited for the mask to 

drop off, but at the same time he did not question her right to wear 

it. She, on her part, was not impressed by his studied air of blasť 

sophistication. She had lived in a larger city and had slightly an 

advantage in range. But she accepted his pose--it was one of the dozen 

little conventions of this kind of affair. He was aware that he was 

getting this particular favor now because she had been coached; he knew 

that he stood for merely the best game in sight, and that he would 

have to improve his opportunity before he lost his advantage. So they 

proceeded with an infinite guile that would have horrified her parents. 

 

After the dinner the dance began... smoothly. Smoothly?--boys cut in 

on Isabelle every few feet and then squabbled in the corners with: "You 

might let me get more than an inch!" and "She didn't like it either--she 

told me so next time I cut in." It was true--she told every one so, and 

gave every hand a parting pressure that said: "You know that your dances 

are _making_ my evening." 

 

But time passed, two hours of it, and the less subtle beaux had better 

learned to focus their pseudo-passionate glances elsewhere, for eleven 

o'clock found Isabelle and Amory sitting on the couch in the little 

den off the reading-room up-stairs. She was conscious that they were 

a handsome pair, and seemed to belong distinctively in this seclusion, 

while lesser lights fluttered and chattered down-stairs. 

 

Boys who passed the door looked in enviously--girls who passed only 

laughed and frowned and grew wise within themselves. 

 

They had now reached a very definite stage. They had traded accounts of 

their progress since they had met last, and she had listened to much 

she had heard before. He was a sophomore, was on the Princetonian board, 

hoped to be chairman in senior year. He learned that some of the boys 

she went with in Baltimore were "terrible speeds" and came to dances in 


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