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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

 

"Well?" 

 

"Pink or blue?" 

 

"Say what it is." 

 

"We're all ears, Amory." 

 

"Smile or swear--or something." 

 

There was a pause... a small crowd of seconds swept by... then he looked 

again and another crowd went on into time. 

 

"Blue as the sky, gentlemen...." 

 

***** 

 

AFTERMATH 

 

What Amory did that year from early September to late in the spring was 

so purposeless and inconsecutive that it seems scarcely worth recording. 

He was, of course, immediately sorry for what he had lost. His 

philosophy of success had tumbled down upon him, and he looked for the 

reasons. 

 

"Your own laziness," said Alec later. 

 

"No--something deeper than that. I've begun to feel that I was meant to 

lose this chance." 

 

"They're rather off you at the club, you know; every man that doesn't 

come through makes our crowd just so much weaker." 

 

"I hate that point of view." 

 

"Of course, with a little effort you could still stage a comeback." 

 

"No--I'm through--as far as ever being a power in college is concerned." 

 

"But, Amory, honestly, what makes me the angriest isn't the fact that 

you won't be chairman of the Prince and on the Senior Council, but just 

that you didn't get down and pass that exam." 

 

"Not me," said Amory slowly; "I'm mad at the concrete thing. My own 

idleness was quite in accord with my system, but the luck broke." 

 

"Your system broke, you mean." 

 

"Maybe." 

 

"Well, what are you going to do? Get a better one quick, or just bum 

around for two more years as a has-been?" 

 

"I don't know yet..." 

 

"Oh, Amory, buck up!" 

 

"Maybe." 

 

Amory's point of view, though dangerous, was not far from the true one. 

If his reactions to his environment could be tabulated, the chart would 

have appeared like this, beginning with his earliest years: 

 

1. The fundamental Amory. 

 

2. Amory plus Beatrice. 

 

3. Amory plus Beatrice plus Minneapolis. 

 

Then St. Regis' had pulled him to pieces and started him over again: 

 

4. Amory plus St. Regis'. 

 

5. Amory plus St. Regis' plus Princeton. 

 

That had been his nearest approach to success through conformity. The 


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