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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

CHAPTER 2. Spires and Gargoyles

 

 

 

At first Amory noticed only the wealth of sunshine creeping across the 

long, green swards, dancing on the leaded window-panes, and swimming 

around the tops of spires and towers and battlemented walls. 

Gradually he realized that he was really walking up University Place, 

self-conscious about his suitcase, developing a new tendency to glare 

straight ahead when he passed any one. Several times he could have sworn 

that men turned to look at him critically. He wondered vaguely if there 

was something the matter with his clothes, and wished he had shaved 

that morning on the train. He felt unnecessarily stiff and awkward 

among these white-flannelled, bareheaded youths, who must be juniors and 

seniors, judging from the savoir faire with which they strolled. 

 

He found that 12 University Place was a large, dilapidated mansion, at 

present apparently uninhabited, though he knew it housed usually a dozen 

freshmen. After a hurried skirmish with his landlady he sallied out on 

a tour of exploration, but he had gone scarcely a block when he became 

horribly conscious that he must be the only man in town who was wearing 

a hat. He returned hurriedly to 12 University, left his derby, 

and, emerging bareheaded, loitered down Nassau Street, stopping to 

investigate a display of athletic photographs in a store window, 

including a large one of Allenby, the football captain, and next 

attracted by the sign "Jigger Shop" over a confectionary window. This 

sounded familiar, so he sauntered in and took a seat on a high stool. 

 

"Chocolate sundae," he told a colored person. 

 

"Double chocolate jiggah? Anything else?" 

 

"Why--yes." 

 

"Bacon bun?" 

 

"Why--yes." 

 

He munched four of these, finding them of pleasing savor, and then 

consumed another double-chocolate jigger before ease descended upon him. 

After a cursory inspection of the pillow-cases, leather pennants, and 

Gibson Girls that lined the walls, he left, and continued along Nassau 

Street with his hands in his pockets. Gradually he was learning to 

distinguish between upper classmen and entering men, even though the 


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