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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

While she accompanied them (Kerry had invited her to supper) she said 

nothing which could discountenance such a belief. 

 

"She prefers her native dishes," said Alec gravely to the waiter, "but 

any coarse food will do." 

 

All through supper he addressed her in the most respectful language, 

while Kerry made idiotic love to her on the other side, and she giggled 

and grinned. Amory was content to sit and watch the by-play, thinking 

what a light touch Kerry had, and how he could transform the barest 

incident into a thing of curve and contour. They all seemed to have 

the spirit of it more or less, and it was a relaxation to be with them. 

Amory usually liked men individually, yet feared them in crowds unless 

the crowd was around him. He wondered how much each one contributed to 

the party, for there was somewhat of a spiritual tax levied. Alec and 

Kerry were the life of it, but not quite the centre. Somehow the quiet 

Humbird, and Sloane, with his impatient superciliousness, were the 

centre. 

 

Dick Humbird had, ever since freshman year, seemed to Amory a perfect 

type of aristocrat. He was slender but well-built--black curly hair, 

straight features, and rather a dark skin. Everything he said sounded 

intangibly appropriate. He possessed infinite courage, an averagely good 

mind, and a sense of honor with a clear charm and _noblesse oblige_ 

that varied it from righteousness. He could dissipate without going to 

pieces, and even his most bohemian adventures never seemed "running it 

out." People dressed like him, tried to talk as he did.... Amory decided 

that he probably held the world back, but he wouldn't have changed him. 

... 

 

He differed from the healthy type that was essentially middle class--he 

never seemed to perspire. Some people couldn't be familiar with a 

chauffeur without having it returned; Humbird could have lunched at 

Sherry's with a colored man, yet people would have somehow known that 

it was all right. He was not a snob, though he knew only half his class. 

His friends ranged from the highest to the lowest, but it was impossible 


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