Weekly geeks 2009-09 (F. Scott Fitzgerald 4)

The following passages are from the short story "Bernice bobs her hair".

"She’s sensitive enough to know she’s not getting away with much, but I’ll bet she consoles herself by thinking 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!"

"Oh, my Lord!" cried Marjorie in desperation. "You little nut! Girls like you are responsible for all the tiresome colorless marriages; all those ghastly inefficiencies that pass as feminine qualities. What a blow it must be when a man with imagination marries the beautiful bundle of clothes that he’s been building ideals round, and finds that she’s just a weak, whining, cowardly mass of affectations!"

"First, you have no ease of manner. Why? Because you’re never sure about your personal appearance. When a girl feels that she’s perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget about that part of her.  That’s charm. The more parts of yourself you can afford to forget the more charm you have."

"Young boys too shy to talk are the very best conversational practice. Clumsy boys are the best dancing practice. If you can follow them and yet look graceful you can follow a baby tank across a barb-wire sky-scraper."

From "Bernice bobs her hair" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  1. Rikki, this made me chuckle. I was reading a passage in Gone With the Wind earlier today that coincides with this one. 😀

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  2. I never read “Gone with the wind”, I have to admit. I only saw the movie and disliked Scarlett so much that I never bothered. Funny, though, that you read something similar today…

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