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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

This Side of Paradise

 

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

BOOK ONE: The Romantic Egotist 

1. AMORY, SON OF BEATRICE 

2. SPIRES AND GARGOYLES 

3. THE EGOTIST CONSIDERS 

4. NARCISSUS OFF DUTY 

 

[INTERLUDE: MAY, 1917-FEBRUARY, 1919. ] 

 

BOOK TWO: The Education of a Personage 

1. THE DEBUTANTE 

2. EXPERIMENTS IN CONVALESCENCE 

3. YOUNG IRONY 

4. THE SUPERCILIOUS SACRIFICE 

5. THE EGOTIST BECOMES A PERSONAGE 

 

 

 

BOOK ONE--The Romantic Egotist

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1. Amory, Son of Beatrice

 

 

 

Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the 

stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while. His father, an 

ineffectual, inarticulate man with a taste for Byron and a habit of 

drowsing over the Encyclopedia Britannica, grew wealthy at thirty 

through the death of two elder brothers, successful Chicago brokers, and 

in the first flush of feeling that the world was his, went to Bar Harbor 

and met Beatrice O'Hara. In consequence, Stephen Blaine handed down to 

posterity his height of just under six feet and his tendency to waver at 

crucial moments, these two abstractions appearing in his son Amory. 

For many years he hovered in the background of his family's life, an 

unassertive figure with a face half-obliterated by lifeless, silky hair, 

continually occupied in "taking care" of his wife, continually harassed 

by the idea that he didn't and couldn't understand her. 

 

But Beatrice Blaine! There was a woman! Early pictures taken on her 

father's estate at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, or in Rome at the Sacred 

Heart Convent--an educational extravagance that in her youth was only 

for the daughters of the exceptionally wealthy--showed the exquisite 

delicacy of her features, the consummate art and simplicity of her 

clothes. A brilliant education she had--her youth passed in renaissance 

glory, she was versed in the latest gossip of the Older Roman Families; 

known by name as a fabulously wealthy American girl to Cardinal Vitori 


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