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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

Kerry, collect the small change." 

 

The waiter approached, and Kerry gravely handed him a dollar, tossed two 

dollars on the check, and turned away. They sauntered leisurely toward 

the door, pursued in a moment by the suspicious Ganymede. 

 

"Some mistake, sir." 

 

Kerry took the bill and examined it critically. 

 

"No mistake!" he said, shaking his head gravely, and, tearing it into 

four pieces, he handed the scraps to the waiter, who was so dumfounded 

that he stood motionless and expressionless while they walked out. 

 

"Won't he send after us?" 

 

"No," said Kerry; "for a minute he'll think we're the proprietor's sons 

or something; then he'll look at the check again and call the manager, 

and in the meantime--" 

 

They left the car at Asbury and street-car'd to Allenhurst, where 

they investigated the crowded pavilions for beauty. At four there were 

refreshments in a lunch-room, and this time they paid an even smaller 

per cent on the total cost; something about the appearance and 

savoir-faire of the crowd made the thing go, and they were not pursued. 

 

"You see, Amory, we're Marxian Socialists," explained Kerry. "We don't 

believe in property and we're putting it to the great test." 

 

"Night will descend," Amory suggested. 

 

"Watch, and put your trust in Holiday." 

 

They became jovial about five-thirty and, linking arms, strolled up and 

down the boardwalk in a row, chanting a monotonous ditty about the sad 

sea waves. Then Kerry saw a face in the crowd that attracted him and, 

rushing off, reappeared in a moment with one of the homeliest girls 

Amory had ever set eyes on. Her pale mouth extended from ear to ear, her 

teeth projected in a solid wedge, and she had little, squinty eyes that 

peeped ingratiatingly over the side sweep of her nose. Kerry presented 

them formally. 

 

"Name of Kaluka, Hawaiian queen! Let me present Messrs. Connage, Sloane, 

Humbird, Ferrenby, and Blaine." 

 

The girl bobbed courtesies all around. Poor creature; Amory supposed she 

had never before been noticed in her life--possibly she was half-witted. 


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