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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

work a day, nine out of ten of them would be trying for the blue ribbon. 

That competitive instinct only wants a badge. If the size of their house 

is the badge they'll sweat their heads off for that. If it's only a 

blue ribbon, I damn near believe they'll work just as hard. They have in 

other ages." 

 

"I don't agree with you." 

 

"I know it," said Amory nodding sadly. "It doesn't matter any more 

though. I think these people are going to come and take what they want 

pretty soon." 

 

A fierce hiss came from the little man. 

 

"_Machine-guns!_" 

 

"Ah, but you've taught them their use." 

 

The big man shook his head. 

 

"In this country there are enough property owners not to permit that 

sort of thing." 

 

Amory wished he knew the statistics of property owners and non-property 

owners; he decided to change the subject. 

 

But the big man was aroused. 

 

"When you talk of 'taking things away,' you're on dangerous ground." 

 

"How can they get it without taking it? For years people have been 

stalled off with promises. Socialism may not be progress, but the threat 

of the red flag is certainly the inspiring force of all reform. You've 

got to be sensational to get attention." 

 

"Russia is your example of a beneficent violence, I suppose?" 

 

"Quite possibly," admitted Amory. "Of course, it's overflowing just as 

the French Revolution did, but I've no doubt that it's really a great 

experiment and well worth while." 

 

"Don't you believe in moderation?" 

 

"You won't listen to the moderates, and it's almost too late. The truth 

is that the public has done one of those startling and amazing things 

that they do about once in a hundred years. They've seized an idea." 

 

"What is it?" 

 

"That however the brains and abilities of men may differ, their stomachs 

are essentially the same." 

 

***** 

 

THE LITTLE MAN GETS HIS 

 

"If you took all the money in the world," said the little man with much 

profundity, "and divided it up in equ--" 

 

"Oh, shut up!" said Amory briskly and, paying no attention to the little 

man's enraged stare, he went on with his argument. 


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