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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

distinctions made by the strong to bolster up their weak retainers and 

keep out the almost strong. 

 

Having decided to be one of the gods of the class, he reported 

for freshman football practice, but in the second week, playing 

quarter-back, already paragraphed in corners of the Princetonian, he 

wrenched his knee seriously enough to put him out for the rest of the 

season. This forced him to retire and consider the situation. 

 

"12 Univee" housed a dozen miscellaneous question-marks. There were 

three or four inconspicuous and quite startled boys from Lawrenceville, 

two amateur wild men from a New York private school (Kerry Holiday 

christened them the "plebeian drunks"), a Jewish youth, also from New 

York, and, as compensation for Amory, the two Holidays, to whom he took 

an instant fancy. 

 

The Holidays were rumored twins, but really the dark-haired one, Kerry, 

was a year older than his blond brother, Burne. Kerry was tall, with 

humorous gray eyes, and a sudden, attractive smile; he became at once 

the mentor of the house, reaper of ears that grew too high, censor of 

conceit, vendor of rare, satirical humor. Amory spread the table of 

their future friendship with all his ideas of what college should and 

did mean. Kerry, not inclined as yet to take things seriously, chided 

him gently for being curious at this inopportune time about the 

intricacies of the social system, but liked him and was both interested 

and amused. 

 

Burne, fair-haired, silent, and intent, appeared in the house only as a 

busy apparition, gliding in quietly at night and off again in the 

early morning to get up his work in the library--he was out for the 

Princetonian, competing furiously against forty others for the coveted 

first place. In December he came down with diphtheria, and some one 

else won the competition, but, returning to college in February, 

he dauntlessly went after the prize again. Necessarily, Amory's 

acquaintance with him was in the way of three-minute chats, walking 

to and from lectures, so he failed to penetrate Burne's one absorbing 

interest and find what lay beneath it. 


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