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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

 

"In fact," continued Amory, "he'd be worse. The lower classes are 

narrower, less pleasant and personally more selfish--certainly more 

stupid. But all that has nothing to do with the question." 

 

"Just exactly what is the question?" 

 

Here Amory had to pause to consider exactly what the question was. 

 

***** 

 

AMORY COINS A PHRASE 

 

"When life gets hold of a brainy man of fair education," began Amory 

slowly, "that is, when he marries he becomes, nine times out of ten, a 

conservative as far as existing social conditions are concerned. He may 

be unselfish, kind-hearted, even just in his own way, but his first job 

is to provide and to hold fast. His wife shoos him on, from ten thousand 

a year to twenty thousand a year, on and on, in an enclosed treadmill 

that hasn't any windows. He's done! Life's got him! He's no help! He's a 

spiritually married man." 

 

Amory paused and decided that it wasn't such a bad phrase. 

 

"Some men," he continued, "escape the grip. Maybe their wives have no 

social ambitions; maybe they've hit a sentence or two in a 'dangerous 

book' that pleased them; maybe they started on the treadmill as I did 

and were knocked off. Anyway, they're the congressmen you can't 

bribe, the Presidents who aren't politicians, the writers, speakers, 

scientists, statesmen who aren't just popular grab-bags for a half-dozen 

women and children." 

 

"He's the natural radical?" 

 

"Yes," said Amory. "He may vary from the disillusioned critic like old 

Thornton Hancock, all the way to Trotsky. Now this spiritually unmarried 

man hasn't direct power, for unfortunately the spiritually married man, 

as a by-product of his money chase, has garnered in the great newspaper, 

the popular magazine, the influential weekly--so that Mrs. Newspaper, 

Mrs. Magazine, Mrs. Weekly can have a better limousine than those oil 

people across the street or those cement people 'round the corner." 

 

"Why not?" 

 

"It makes wealthy men the keepers of the world's intellectual conscience 

and, of course, a man who has money under one set of social institutions 


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