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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

quite naturally can't risk his family's happiness by letting the clamor 

for another appear in his newspaper." 

 

"But it appears," said the big man. 

 

"Where?--in the discredited mediums. Rotten cheap-papered weeklies." 

 

"All right--go on." 

 

"Well, my first point is that through a mixture of conditions of which 

the family is the first, there are these two sorts of brains. One sort 

takes human nature as it finds it, uses its timidity, its weakness, and 

its strength for its own ends. Opposed is the man who, being spiritually 

unmarried, continually seeks for new systems that will control or 

counteract human nature. His problem is harder. It is not life that's 

complicated, it's the struggle to guide and control life. That is his 

struggle. He is a part of progress--the spiritually married man is not." 

 

The big man produced three big cigars, and proffered them on his huge 

palm. The little man took one, Amory shook his head and reached for a 

cigarette. 

 

"Go on talking," said the big man. "I've been wanting to hear one of you 

fellows." 

 

***** 

 

GOING FASTER 

 

"Modern life," began Amory again, "changes no longer century by century, 

but year by year, ten times faster than it ever has before--populations 

doubling, civilizations unified more closely with other civilizations, 

economic interdependence, racial questions, and--we're _dawdling_ 

along. My idea is that we've got to go very much faster." He slightly 

emphasized the last words and the chauffeur unconsciously increased the 

speed of the car. Amory and the big man laughed; the little man laughed, 

too, after a pause. 

 

"Every child," said Amory, "should have an equal start. If his father 

can endow him with a good physique and his mother with some common sense 

in his early education, that should be his heritage. If the father can't 

give him a good physique, if the mother has spent in chasing men the 

years in which she should have been preparing herself to educate her 

children, so much the worse for the child. He shouldn't be artificially 

bolstered up with money, sent to these horrible tutoring schools, 


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