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Description Table of Contents Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! In Stock. The Truth About Magic. The Little Library Year Recipes and reading to suit each season. She Just Wants to Forget. As a matter of fact Marjorie had no female intimates — she considered girls stupid.

Bernice on the contrary all through this parent-arranged visit had rather longed to exchange those confidences flavored with giggles and tears that she considered an indispensable factor in all feminine intercourse. But in this respect she found Marjorie rather cold; felt somehow the same difficulty in talking to her that she had in talking to men.

Marjorie never giggled, was never frightened, seldom embarrassed, and in fact had very few of the qualities which Bernice considered appropriately and blessedly feminine. As Bernice busied herself with toothbrush and paste this night she wondered for the hundredth time why she never had any attention when she was away from home. That her family were the wealthiest in Eau Claire, that her mother entertained tremendously, gave little dinners for her daughter before all dances and bought her a car of her own to drive round in, never occurred to her as factors in her home-town social success.

Like most girls she had been brought up on the warm milk prepared by Annie Fellows Johnston and on novels in which the female was beloved because of certain mysterious womanly qualities, always mentioned but never displayed.

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Bernice felt a vague pain that she was not at present engaged in being popular. She did not know that had it not been for Marjorie's campaigning she would have danced the entire evening with one man; but she knew that even in Eau Claire other girls with less position and less pulchritude were given a much bigger rush.

She attributed this to something subtly unscrupulous in those girls. It had never worried her, and if it had her mother would have assured her that the other girls cheapened themselves and that men really respected girls like Bernice. She turned out the light in her bathroom, and on an impulse decided to go in and chat for a moment with her aunt Josephine, whose light was still on.

Her soft slippers bore her noiselessly down the carpeted hall, but hearing voices inside she stopped near the partly opened door. Then she caught her own name, and without any definite intention of eavesdropping lingered — and the thread of the conversation going on inside pierced her consciousness sharply as if it had been drawn through with a needle. So many people have told you how pretty and sweet she is, and how she can cook!

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What of it? She has a bum time. Men don't like her. I've been polite and I've made men dance with her, but they just won't stand being bored. When I think of that gorgeous coloring wasted on such a ninny, and think what Martha Carey could do with it — oh! Harvey's voice implied that modern situations were too much for her. When she was a girl all young ladies who belonged to nice families had glorious times.

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I've even tried to drop hints about her clothes and things, and she's been furious — given me the funniest looks. She's sensitive enough to know she's not getting away with much, but I'll bet she consoles herself by thinking that she's very virtuous and that I'm too gay and fickle and will come to a bad end. All unpopular girls think that way. Sour grapes! Sarah Hopkins refers to Genevieve and Roberta and me as gardenia girls! I'll bet she'd give ten years of her life and her European education to be a gardenia girl and have three or four men in love with her and be cut in on every few feet at dances.

Harvey rather wearily, "that you ought to be able to do something for Bernice. I know she's not very vivacious. Good grief! I've never heard her say anything to a boy except that it's hot or the floor's crowded or that she's going to school in New York next year. Sometimes she asks them what kind of car they have and tells them the kind she has. Harvey took up her refrain: "All I know is that other girls not half so sweet and attractive get partners. Martha Carey, for instance, is stout and loud, and her mother is distinctly common. Roberta Dillon is so thin this year that she looks as though Arizona were the place for her.

She's dancing herself to death. She's been popular for ages! Indian women all just sat round and never said anything. And I think most of your ideas are perfectly idiotic," she finished sleepily. There was another silence, while Marjorie considered whether or not convincing her mother was worth the trouble. People over forty can seldom be permanently convinced of anything. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. Having decided this, Marjorie said good night.

When she came out into the hall it was quite empty. While Marjorie was breakfasting late next day Bernice came into the room with a rather formal good morning, sat down opposite, stared intently over and slightly moistened her lips. Marjorie was startled, but she showed only a faintly heightened color and her voice was quite even when she spoke. After an involuntary look of contempt Marjorie dropped her eyes and became very interested in balancing a stray corn-flake on her finger. No one ever visited me and got such treatment.

I'm a drag on you. Your friends don't like me. Don't you think I know how to dress myself?


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See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist. USD 5. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview "It was an age of miracles," declared F. Scott Fitzgerald of the s, "it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire. Six of Fitzgerald's best-loved stories appear here, starting with the title tale, in which a hostess regrets her success at transforming a visiting cousin from wallflower to coquette. About the Author. Best known today for novels such as The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald was among the top writers of magazine fiction in the s.

In his life as well as his works, he represented the dreams and aspirations of the post-WWI generation. Between his glamorous wife, Zelda, and his cosmopolitan social circle, Fitzgerald projected the ideal image for narrating tales of restless youth in a hectic world. Date of Birth: September 24, Date of Death: December 21, Place of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota.

Education: Princeton University. I'll see that you don't get stuck. Harvey sounded annoyed. Harvey yawned.

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