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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

private. I wish you'd stay." 

 

"I'd be glad to." Amory sat down again, and as Burne perched on a table 

and launched into argument with Tom, he looked at this revolutionary 

more carefully than he ever had before. Broad-browed and strong-chinned, 

with a fineness in the honest gray eyes that were like Kerry's, 

Burne was a man who gave an immediate impression of bigness and 

security--stubborn, that was evident, but his stubbornness wore no 

stolidity, and when he had talked for five minutes Amory knew that this 

keen enthusiasm had in it no quality of dilettantism. 

 

The intense power Amory felt later in Burne Holiday differed from the 

admiration he had had for Humbird. This time it began as purely a 

mental interest. With other men of whom he had thought as primarily 

first-class, he had been attracted first by their personalities, and 

in Burne he missed that immediate magnetism to which he usually 

swore allegiance. But that night Amory was struck by Burne's intense 

earnestness, a quality he was accustomed to associate only with the 

dread stupidity, and by the great enthusiasm that struck dead chords in 

his heart. Burne stood vaguely for a land Amory hoped he was drifting 

toward--and it was almost time that land was in sight. Tom and Amory and 

Alec had reached an impasse; never did they seem to have new experiences 

in common, for Tom and Alec had been as blindly busy with their 

committees and boards as Amory had been blindly idling, and the things 

they had for dissection--college, contemporary personality and the 

like--they had hashed and rehashed for many a frugal conversational 

meal. 

 

That night they discussed the clubs until twelve, and, in the main, they 

agreed with Burne. To the roommates it did not seem such a vital subject 

as it had in the two years before, but the logic of Burne's objections 

to the social system dovetailed so completely with everything they had 

thought, that they questioned rather than argued, and envied the sanity 

that enabled this man to stand out so against all traditions. 

 

Then Amory branched off and found that Burne was deep in other things 


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