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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

man and read Shaw and Chesterton enough to keep his mind from the edges 

of decadence--now suddenly all his mental processes of the last year and 

a half seemed stale and futile--a petty consummation of himself... and 

like a sombre background lay that incident of the spring before, that 

filled half his nights with a dreary terror and made him unable to pray. 

He was not even a Catholic, yet that was the only ghost of a code that 

he had, the gaudy, ritualistic, paradoxical Catholicism whose prophet 

was Chesterton, whose claqueurs were such reformed rakes of literature 

as Huysmans and Bourget, whose American sponsor was Ralph Adams Cram, 

with his adulation of thirteenth-century cathedrals--a Catholicism which 

Amory found convenient and ready-made, without priest or sacraments or 

sacrifice. 

 

He could not sleep, so he turned on his reading-lamp and, taking down 

the "Kreutzer Sonata," searched it carefully for the germs of Burne's 

enthusiasm. Being Burne was suddenly so much realler than being clever. 

Yet he sighed... here were other possible clay feet. 

 

He thought back through two years, of Burne as a hurried, nervous 

freshman, quite submerged in his brother's personality. Then he 

remembered an incident of sophomore year, in which Burne had been 

suspected of the leading role. 

 

Dean Hollister had been heard by a large group arguing with a 

taxi-driver, who had driven him from the junction. In the course of the 

altercation the dean remarked that he "might as well buy the taxicab." 

He paid and walked off, but next morning he entered his private office 

to find the taxicab itself in the space usually occupied by his desk, 

bearing a sign which read "Property of Dean Hollister. Bought and Paid 

for."... It took two expert mechanics half a day to dissemble it into 

its minutest parts and remove it, which only goes to prove the rare 

energy of sophomore humor under efficient leadership. 

 

Then again, that very fall, Burne had caused a sensation. A certain 

Phyllis Styles, an intercollegiate prom-trotter, had failed to get her 

yearly invitation to the Harvard-Princeton game. 


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