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This Side of Paradise


BOOK
ONE—
The
Roman
tic
Egotist
CHAPTE
R 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
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