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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

fire. Monsignor was growing a trifle stouter and his personality had 

expanded even with that, and Amory felt both rest and security in 

sinking into a squat, cushioned chair and joining him in the middle-aged 

sanity of a cigar. 

 

"I've felt like leaving college, Monsignor." 

 

"Why?" 

 

"All my career's gone up in smoke; you think it's petty and all that, 

but--" 

 

"Not at all petty. I think it's most important. I want to hear the whole 

thing. Everything you've been doing since I saw you last." 

 

Amory talked; he went thoroughly into the destruction of his egotistic 

highways, and in a half-hour the listless quality had left his voice. 

 

"What would you do if you left college?" asked Monsignor. 

 

"Don't know. I'd like to travel, but of course this tiresome war 

prevents that. Anyways, mother would hate not having me graduate. I'm 

just at sea. Kerry Holiday wants me to go over with him and join the 

Lafayette Esquadrille." 

 

"You know you wouldn't like to go." 

 

"Sometimes I would--to-night I'd go in a second." 

 

"Well, you'd have to be very much more tired of life than I think you 

are. I know you." 

 

"I'm afraid you do," agreed Amory reluctantly. "It just seemed an easy 

way out of everything--when I think of another useless, draggy year." 

 

"Yes, I know; but to tell you the truth, I'm not worried about you; you 

seem to me to be progressing perfectly naturally." 

 

"No," Amory objected. "I've lost half my personality in a year." 

 

"Not a bit of it!" scoffed Monsignor. "You've lost a great amount of 

vanity and that's all." 

 

"Lordy! I feel, anyway, as if I'd gone through another fifth form at St. 

Regis's." 

 

"No." Monsignor shook his head. "That was a misfortune; this has been 

a good thing. Whatever worth while comes to you, won't be through the 

channels you were searching last year." 

 

"What could be more unprofitable than my present lack of pep?" 

 

"Perhaps in itself... but you're developing. This has given you time to 

think and you're casting off a lot of your old luggage about success and 

the superman and all. People like us can't adopt whole theories, as you 


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