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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

followed after things she loved, leaving the great husk. 

 

***** 

 

ANOTHER ENDING 

 

In mid-August came a letter from Monsignor Darcy, who had evidently just 

stumbled on his address: 

 

 

MY DEAR BOY:-- 

 

Your last letter was quite enough to make me worry about you. It was 

not a bit like yourself. Reading between the lines I should imagine that 

your engagement to this girl is making you rather unhappy, and I see you 

have lost all the feeling of romance that you had before the war. You 

make a great mistake if you think you can be romantic without religion. 

Sometimes I think that with both of us the secret of success, when we 

find it, is the mystical element in us: something flows into us that 

enlarges our personalities, and when it ebbs out our personalities 

shrink; I should call your last two letters rather shrivelled. Beware of 

losing yourself in the personality of another being, man or woman. 

 

His Eminence Cardinal O'Neill and the Bishop of Boston are staying with 

me at present, so it is hard for me to get a moment to write, but I wish 

you would come up here later if only for a week-end. I go to Washington 

this week. 

 

What I shall do in the future is hanging in the balance. Absolutely 

between ourselves I should not be surprised to see the red hat of a 

cardinal descend upon my unworthy head within the next eight months. In 

any event, I should like to have a house in New York or Washington where 

you could drop in for week-ends. 

 

Amory, I'm very glad we're both alive; this war could easily have been 

the end of a brilliant family. But in regard to matrimony, you are now 

at the most dangerous period of your life. You might marry in haste and 

repent at leisure, but I think you won't. From what you write me 

about the present calamitous state of your finances, what you want is 

naturally impossible. However, if I judge you by the means I usually 

choose, I should say that there will be something of an emotional crisis 

within the next year. 

 

Do write me. I feel annoyingly out of date on you. 


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