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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

sporty churches, and I'll introduce you to Monsignor Darcy who really is 

a wonder. 

 

Kerry's death was a blow, so was Jesse's to a certain extent. And I have 

a great curiosity to know what queer corner of the world has swallowed 

Burne. Do you suppose he's in prison under some false name? I confess 

that the war instead of making me orthodox, which is the correct 

reaction, has made me a passionate agnostic. The Catholic Church has had 

its wings clipped so often lately that its part was timidly negligible, 

and they haven't any good writers any more. I'm sick of Chesterton. 

 

I've only discovered one soldier who passed through the much-advertised 

spiritual crisis, like this fellow, Donald Hankey, and the one I knew 

was already studying for the ministry, so he was ripe for it. I honestly 

think that's all pretty much rot, though it seemed to give sentimental 

comfort to those at home; and may make fathers and mothers appreciate 

their children. This crisis-inspired religion is rather valueless and 

fleeting at best. I think four men have discovered Paris to one that 

discovered God. 

 

But us--you and me and Alec--oh, we'll get a Jap butler and dress for 

dinner and have wine on the table and lead a contemplative, emotionless 

life until we decide to use machine-guns with the property owners--or 

throw bombs with the Bolshevik God! Tom, I hope something happens. I'm 

restless as the devil and have a horror of getting fat or falling in 

love and growing domestic. 

 

The place at Lake Geneva is now for rent but when I land I'm going West 

to see Mr. Barton and get some details. Write me care of the Blackstone, 

Chicago. 

 

S'ever, dear Boswell, 


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