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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

he's interested. There is a moment--Oh, just before the first kiss, a 

whispered word--something that makes it worth while. 

 

GILLESPIE: And then? 

 

ROSALIND: Then after that you make him talk about himself. Pretty soon 

he thinks of nothing but being alone with you--he sulks, he won't fight, 

he doesn't want to play--Victory! 

 

(Enter DAWSON RYDER, twenty-six, handsome, wealthy, faithful to his own, 

a bore perhaps, but steady and sure of success.) 

 

RYDER: I believe this is my dance, Rosalind. 

 

ROSALIND: Well, Dawson, so you recognize me. Now I know I haven't got 

too much paint on. Mr. Ryder, this is Mr. Gillespie. 

 

(They shake hands and GILLESPIE leaves, tremendously downcast.) 

 

RYDER: Your party is certainly a success. 

 

ROSALIND: Is it--I haven't seen it lately. I'm weary--Do you mind 

sitting out a minute? 

 

RYDER: Mind--I'm delighted. You know I loathe this "rushing" idea. See a 

girl yesterday, to-day, to-morrow. 

 

ROSALIND: Dawson! 

 

RYDER: What? 

 

ROSALIND: I wonder if you know you love me. 

 

RYDER: (Startled) What--Oh--you know you're remarkable! 

 

ROSALIND: Because you know I'm an awful proposition. Any one who marries 

me will have his hands full. I'm mean--mighty mean. 

 

RYDER: Oh, I wouldn't say that. 

 

ROSALIND: Oh, yes, I am--especially to the people nearest to me. (She 

rises.) Come, let's go. I've changed my mind and I want to dance. Mother 

is probably having a fit. 

 

(Exeunt. Enter ALEC and CECELIA.) 

 

CECELIA: Just my luck to get my own brother for an intermission. 

 

ALEC: (Gloomily) I'll go if you want me to. 

 

CECELIA: Good heavens, no--with whom would I begin the next dance? 

(Sighs.) There's no color in a dance since the French officers went 

back. 

 

ALEC: (Thoughtfully) I don't want Amory to fall in love with Rosalind. 

 

CECELIA: Why, I had an idea that that was just what you did want. 

 

ALEC: I did, but since seeing these girls--I don't know. I'm awfully 

attached to Amory. He's sensitive and I don't want him to break his 

heart over somebody who doesn't care about him. 

 

CECELIA: He's very good looking. 


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