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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

Forget on _narrow-minded earth_ 

The Mighty Yawn that gave you birth." 

 

 

In April, Kerry Holiday left college and sailed for France to enroll in 

the Lafayette Esquadrille. Amory's envy and admiration of this step 

was drowned in an experience of his own to which he never succeeded in 

giving an appropriate value, but which, nevertheless, haunted him for 

three years afterward. 

 

***** 

 

THE DEVIL 

 

Healy's they left at twelve and taxied to Bistolary's. There were Axia 

Marlowe and Phoebe Column, from the Summer Garden show, Fred Sloane 

and Amory. The evening was so very young that they felt ridiculous with 

surplus energy, and burst into the cafe like Dionysian revellers. 

 

"Table for four in the middle of the floor," yelled Phoebe. "Hurry, old 

dear, tell 'em we're here!" 

 

"Tell 'em to play 'Admiration'!" shouted Sloane. "You two order; Phoebe 

and I are going to shake a wicked calf," and they sailed off in the 

muddled crowd. Axia and Amory, acquaintances of an hour, jostled behind 

a waiter to a table at a point of vantage; there they took seats and 

watched. 

 

"There's Findle Margotson, from New Haven!" she cried above the uproar. 

"'Lo, Findle! Whoo-ee!" 

 

"Oh, Axia!" he shouted in salutation. "C'mon over to our table." "No!" 

Amory whispered. 

 

"Can't do it, Findle; I'm with somebody else! Call me up to-morrow about 

one o'clock!" 

 

Findle, a nondescript man-about-Bisty's, answered incoherently and 

turned back to the brilliant blonde whom he was endeavoring to steer 

around the room. 

 

"There's a natural damn fool," commented Amory. 

 

"Oh, he's all right. Here's the old jitney waiter. If you ask me, I want 

a double Daiquiri." 

 

"Make it four." 

 

The crowd whirled and changed and shifted. They were mostly from the 

colleges, with a scattering of the male refuse of Broadway, and women of 

two types, the higher of which was the chorus girl. On the whole it was 

a typical crowd, and their party as typical as any. About three-fourths 

of the whole business was for effect and therefore harmless, ended at 


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