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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

herself. She is too nervous just now to stay in one place. To that 

we owe her presence in this littered room. She is going to speak. 

ISABELLE'S alto tones had been like a violin, but if you could hear 

ROSALIND, you would say her voice was musical as a waterfall.) 

 

ROSALIND: Honestly, there are only two costumes in the world that I 

really enjoy being in--(Combing her hair at the dressing-table.) One's 

a hoop skirt with pantaloons; the other's a one-piece bathing-suit. I'm 

quite charming in both of them. 

 

CECELIA: Glad you're coming out? 

 

ROSALIND: Yes; aren't you? 

 

CECELIA: (Cynically) You're glad so you can get married and live on Long 

Island with the _fast younger married set_. You want life to be a chain 

of flirtation with a man for every link. 

 

ROSALIND: _Want_ it to be one! You mean I've _found_ it one. 

 

CECELIA: Ha! 

 

ROSALIND: Cecelia, darling, you don't know what a trial it is to 

be--like me. I've got to keep my face like steel in the street to keep 

men from winking at me. If I laugh hard from a front row in the theatre, 

the comedian plays to me for the rest of the evening. If I drop my 

voice, my eyes, my handkerchief at a dance, my partner calls me up on 

the 'phone every day for a week. 

 

CECELIA: It must be an awful strain. 

 

ROSALIND: The unfortunate part is that the only men who interest me at 

all are the totally ineligible ones. Now--if I were poor I'd go on the 

stage. 

 

CECELIA: Yes, you might as well get paid for the amount of acting you 

do. 

 

ROSALIND: Sometimes when I've felt particularly radiant I've thought, 

why should this be wasted on one man? 

 

CECELIA: Often when you're particularly sulky, I've wondered why it 

should all be wasted on just one family. (Getting up.) I think I'll go 

down and meet Mr. Amory Blaine. I like temperamental men. 

 

ROSALIND: There aren't any. Men don't know how to be really angry or 

really happy--and the ones that do, go to pieces. 

 

CECELIA: Well, I'm glad I don't have all your worries. I'm engaged. 

 

ROSALIND: (With a scornful smile) Engaged? Why, you little lunatic! 


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