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    THIS SIDE OF PARADISE

    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

    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.