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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

make-up. Burne had gone into the biology of this, and then: 

 

"Of course health counts--a healthy man has twice the chance of being 

good," he said. 

 

"I don't agree with you--I don't believe in 'muscular Christianity.'" 

 

"I do--I believe Christ had great physical vigor." 

 

"Oh, no," Amory protested. "He worked too hard for that. I imagine that 

when he died he was a broken-down man--and the great saints haven't been 

strong." 

 

"Half of them have." 

 

"Well, even granting that, I don't think health has anything to do with 

goodness; of course, it's valuable to a great saint to be able to stand 

enormous strains, but this fad of popular preachers rising on their 

toes in simulated virility, bellowing that calisthenics will save the 

world--no, Burne, I can't go that." 

 

"Well, let's waive it--we won't get anywhere, and besides I haven't 

quite made up my mind about it myself. Now, here's something I _do_ 

know--personal appearance has a lot to do with it." 

 

"Coloring?" Amory asked eagerly. 

 

"Yes." 

 

"That's what Tom and I figured," Amory agreed. "We took the year-books 

for the last ten years and looked at the pictures of the senior council. 

I know you don't think much of that august body, but it does represent 

success here in a general way. Well, I suppose only about thirty-five 

per cent of every class here are blonds, are really light--yet 

_two-thirds_ of every senior council are light. We looked at pictures 

of ten years of them, mind you; that means that out of every _fifteen_ 

light-haired men in the senior class _one_ is on the senior council, and 

of the dark-haired men it's only one in _fifty_." 

 

"It's true," Burne agreed. "The light-haired man _is_ a higher type, 

generally speaking. I worked the thing out with the Presidents of 

the United States once, and found that way over half of them were 

light-haired--yet think of the preponderant number of brunettes in the 

race." 

 

"People unconsciously admit it," said Amory. "You'll notice a blond 

person is _expected_ to talk. If a blond girl doesn't talk we call her a 


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