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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

 

"For this is wisdom--to love and live, 

To take what fate or the gods may give, 

To ask no question, to make no prayer, 

To kiss the lips and caress the hair, 

Speed passion's ebb as we greet its flow, 

To have and to hold, and, in time--let go." 

 

AMORY: But we haven't had. 

 

ROSALIND: Amory, I'm yours--you know it. There have been times in the 

last month I'd have been completely yours if you'd said so. But I can't 

marry you and ruin both our lives. 

 

AMORY: We've got to take our chance for happiness. 

 

ROSALIND: Dawson says I'd learn to love him. 

 

(AMORY with his head sunk in his hands does not move. The life seems 

suddenly gone out of him.) 

 

ROSALIND: Lover! Lover! I can't do with you, and I can't imagine life 

without you. 

 

AMORY: Rosalind, we're on each other's nerves. It's just that we're both 

high-strung, and this week-- 

 

(His voice is curiously old. She crosses to him and taking his face in 

her hands, kisses him.) 

 

ROSALIND: I can't, Amory. I can't be shut away from the trees and 

flowers, cooped up in a little flat, waiting for you. You'd hate me in a 

narrow atmosphere. I'd make you hate me. 

 

(Again she is blinded by sudden uncontrolled tears.) 

 

AMORY: Rosalind-- 

 

ROSALIND: Oh, darling, go--Don't make it harder! I can't stand it-- 

 

AMORY: (His face drawn, his voice strained) Do you know what you're 

saying? Do you mean forever? 

 

(There is a difference somehow in the quality of their suffering.) 

 

ROSALIND: Can't you see-- 

 

AMORY: I'm afraid I can't if you love me. You're afraid of taking two 

years' knocks with me. 

 

ROSALIND: I wouldn't be the Rosalind you love. 

 

AMORY: (A little hysterically) I can't give you up! I can't, that's all! 

I've got to have you! 

 

ROSALIND: (A hard note in her voice) You're being a baby now. 

 

AMORY: (Wildly) I don't care! You're spoiling our lives! 

 

ROSALIND: I'm doing the wise thing, the only thing. 

 

AMORY: Are you going to marry Dawson Ryder? 

 

ROSALIND: Oh, don't ask me. You know I'm old in some ways--in 

others--well, I'm just a little girl. I like sunshine and pretty things 


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