By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald's first novel, This part of Paradise (1920) was once a right away, amazing good fortune and tested his literary attractiveness. might be the definitive novel of that "Lost Generation," it tells the tale of Amory Blaine, a good-looking, prosperous Princeton pupil who halfheartedly consists of himself in literary cults, "liberal" pupil actions, and a chain of empty flirtations with younger ladies. whilst he ultimately does fall actually in love, even though, the younger lady rejects him for another.
After serving in France through the warfare, Blaine returns to embark on a profession in ads. nonetheless younger, yet already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the younger women and men of the '20s, defined by means of Fitzgerald as "a new release grown as much as locate all gods lifeless, all wars fought, all faiths in guy shaken."
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CONNAGE: (Not unkindly) reliable night, Amory. (AMORY and ROSALIND trade glances—and ALEC is available in. ALEC’S angle all through has been impartial. He believes in his middle that the wedding might make AMORY mediocre and ROSALIND depressing, yet he feels an outstanding sympathy for either one of them. ) ALEC: hello, Amory! AMORY: hello, Alec! Tom acknowledged he’d meet you on the theatre. ALEC: Yeah, simply observed him. How’s the ads to-day? Write a few fantastic reproduction? AMORY: Oh, it’s concerning the comparable. I bought a raise—(Every one seems to be at him relatively eagerly)—of money every week. (General cave in) MRS. CONNAGE: Come, Alec, I pay attention the auto. (A reliable evening, relatively cold in sections. After MRS. CONNAGE and ALEC exit there's a pause. ROSALIND nonetheless stares moodily on the fire. AMORY is going to her and places his arm round her. ) AMORY: Darling woman. (They kiss. one other pause after which she seizes his hand, covers it with kisses and holds it to her breast. ) ROSALIND: (Sadly) i admire your arms, greater than whatever. I see them usually whilst you’re clear of me—so drained; i do know each line of them. pricey fingers! (Their eyes meet for a moment after which she starts off to cry—a tearless sobbing. ) AMORY: Rosalind! ROSALIND: Oh, we’re so darned pitiful! AMORY: Rosalind! ROSALIND: Oh, i would like to die! AMORY: Rosalind, one other evening of this and I’ll visit items. You’ve been this manner 4 days now. You’ve bought to be extra encouraging or I can’t paintings or consume or sleep. (He seems to be round helplessly as though looking for new phrases to dress an outdated, shopworn word. ) We’ll need to make a commence. i admire having to make a begin jointly. (His compelled hopefulness fades as he sees her unresponsive. ) What’s the problem? (He will get up unexpectedly and starts off to speed the ground. ) It’s Dawson Ryder, that’s what it's. He’s been engaged on your nerves. You’ve been with him each afternoon for every week. humans come and inform me they’ve visible you jointly, and i've to grin and nod and fake it hasn’t the slightest value for me. and also you won’t inform me something because it develops. ROSALIND: Amory, when you don’t take a seat I’ll scream. AMORY: (Sitting down abruptly beside her) Oh, Lord. ROSALIND: (Taking his hand lightly) you recognize i admire you, don’t you? AMORY: sure. ROSALIND: you recognize I’ll continually love you— AMORY: Don’t speak that means; you frighten me. it seems that we weren’t going to have one another. (She cries a bit and risingfrom the sofa is going to the armcbair. ) I’ve felt all afternoon that issues have been worse. I approximately went wild down on the office—couldn’t write a line. inform me every thing. ROSALIND: There’s not anything to inform, I say. I’m simply worried. AMORY: Rosalind, you’re fidgeting with the belief of marrying Dawson Ryder. ROSALIND: (After a pause) He’s been asking me to all day. AMORY: good, he’s bought his nerve! ROSALIND: (After one other pause) i love him. AMORY: Don’t say that. It hurts me. ROSALIND: Don’t be a foolish fool. you recognize you’re the single guy I’ve ever enjoyed, ever will love. AMORY: (Quickly) Rosalind, let’s get married—next week. ROSALIND: We can’t. AMORY: Why now not? ROSALIND: Oh, we can’t.