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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

dragged through college... Every boy ought to have an equal start." 

 

"All right," said the big man, his goggles indicating neither approval 

nor objection. 

 

"Next I'd have a fair trial of government ownership of all industries." 

 

"That's been proven a failure." 

 

"No--it merely failed. If we had government ownership we'd have the 

best analytical business minds in the government working for something 

besides themselves. We'd have Mackays instead of Burlesons; we'd have 

Morgans in the Treasury Department; we'd have Hills running interstate 

commerce. We'd have the best lawyers in the Senate." 

 

"They wouldn't give their best efforts for nothing. McAdoo--" 

 

"No," said Amory, shaking his head. "Money isn't the only stimulus that 

brings out the best that's in a man, even in America." 

 

"You said a while ago that it was." 

 

"It is, right now. But if it were made illegal to have more than a 

certain amount the best men would all flock for the one other reward 

which attracts humanity--honor." 

 

The big man made a sound that was very like _boo_. 

 

"That's the silliest thing you've said yet." 

 

"No, it isn't silly. It's quite plausible. If you'd gone to college 

you'd have been struck by the fact that the men there would work twice 

as hard for any one of a hundred petty honors as those other men did who 

were earning their way through." 

 

"Kids--child's play!" scoffed his antagonist. 

 

"Not by a darned sight--unless we're all children. Did you ever see 

a grown man when he's trying for a secret society--or a rising family 

whose name is up at some club? They'll jump when they hear the sound of 

the word. The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in 

front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long 

that we've forgotten there's any other way. We've made a world where 

that's necessary. Let me tell you"--Amory became emphatic--"if there 

were ten men insured against either wealth or starvation, and offered a 

green ribbon for five hours' work a day and a blue ribbon for ten hours' 


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