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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

inside. 

 

"Good-by," said Olson. He reached in his pocket suggestively, but Amory 

snorted, and, taking the girl's arm, turned away. 

 

"Where did you tell the driver to go?" she asked as they whirled along 

the dim street. 

 

"The station." 

 

"If that guy writes my mother--" 

 

"He won't. Nobody'll ever know about this--except our friends and 

enemies." 

 

Dawn was breaking over the sea. 

 

"It's getting blue," she said. 

 

"It does very well," agreed Amory critically, and then as an 

after-thought: "It's almost breakfast-time--do you want something to 

eat?" 

 

"Food--" she said with a cheerful laugh. "Food is what queered the 

party. We ordered a big supper to be sent up to the room about two 

o'clock. Alec didn't give the waiter a tip, so I guess the little 

bastard snitched." 

 

Jill's low spirits seemed to have gone faster than the scattering night. 

"Let me tell you," she said emphatically, "when you want to stage that 

sorta party stay away from liquor, and when you want to get tight stay 

away from bedrooms." 

 

"I'll remember." 

 

He tapped suddenly at the glass and they drew up at the door of an 

all-night restaurant. 

 

"Is Alec a great friend of yours?" asked Jill as they perched themselves 

on high stools inside, and set their elbows on the dingy counter. 

 

"He used to be. He probably won't want to be any more--and never 

understand why." 

 

"It was sorta crazy you takin' all that blame. Is he pretty important? 

Kinda more important than you are?" 

 

Amory laughed. 

 

"That remains to be seen," he answered. "That's the question." 

 

***** 

 

THE COLLAPSE OF SEVERAL PILLARS 

 

Two days later back in New York Amory found in a newspaper what he 

had been searching for--a dozen lines which announced to whom it might 

concern that Mr. Amory Blaine, who "gave his address" as, etc., had been 

requested to leave his hotel in Atlantic City because of entertaining in 

his room a lady _not_ his wife. 

 

Then he started, and his fingers trembled, for directly above was a 

longer paragraph of which the first words were: 

 

"Mr. and Mrs. Leland R. Connage are announcing the engagement of their 


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