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The Beautiful and Damned

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💡 Опубликовано 1922
🌏 Язык оригинала Английский
📌 Тип Роман

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BOOK ONE 1
CHAPTER I ANTHONY PATCH 1
A WORTHY MAN AND HIS GIFTED SON 2
PAST AND PERSON OF THE HERO 6
THE REPROACHLESS APARTMENT 11
NOR DOES HE SPIN 14
AFTERNOON 21
THREE MEN 25
NIGHT 32
A FLASH-BACK IN PARADISE 36
CHAPTER II PORTRAIT OF A SIREN 40
A LADY'S LEGS 57
TURBULENCE 68
DISSATISFACTION 82
ADMIRATION 89
CHAPTER III THE CONNOISSEUR OF KISSES 99
TWO YOUNG WOMEN 111
DEPLORABLE END OF THE CHEVALIER O'KEEFE 116
SIGNLIGHT AND MOONLIGHT 127
MAGIC 140
BLACK MAGIC 146
PANIC 157
WISDOM 162
THE INTERVAL 165
TWO ENCOUNTERS 166
WEAKNESS 169
SERENADE 170
BOOK TWO 176
CHAPTER I THE RADIANT HOUR 176
HEYDAY 182
THREE DIGRESSIONS 185
THE DIARY 194
BREATH OF THE CAVE 200
MORNING 203
THE USHERS 205
GLORIA 211
"CON AMORE" 212
GLORIA AND GENERAL LEE 226
SENTIMENT 230
THE GRAY HOUSE 233
THE SOUL OF GLORIA 247
THE END OF A CHAPTER 255
CHAPTER II SYMPOSIUM 262
NIETZSCHEAN INCIDENT 279
THE PRACTICAL MEN 283
THE TRIUMPH OF LETHARGY 289
WINTER 303
DESTINY 314
THE SINISTER SUMMER 323
IN DARKNESS 328
CHAPTER III THE BROKEN LUTE 360
PANIC 383
THE APARTMENT 390
THE KITTEN 399
THE PASSING OF AN AMERICAN MORALIST 402
THE WINTER OF DISCONTENT 409
THE BROKEN LUTE 426
BOOK THREE 428
CHAPTER I A MATTER OF CIVILIZATION 428
Dot 444
THE MAN-AT-ARMS 452
AN IMPRESSIVE OCCASION 459
DEFEAT 462
THE CATASTROPHE 470
NIGHTMARE 480
THE FALSE ARMISTICE 486
CHAPTER II A MATTER OF AESTHETICS 491
THE WILES OF CAPTAIN COLLINS 500
GALLANTRY 505
GLORIA ALONE 507
DISCOMFITURE OF THE GENERALS 511
ANOTHER WINTER 513
FURTHER ADVENTURES WITH "HEART TALKS" 524
"ODI PROFANUM VULGUS" 540
THE MOVIES 542
THE TEST 549
CHAPTER III NO MATTER! 556
RICHARD CARAMEL 569
THE BEATING 581
THE ENCOUNTER 608
TOGETHER WITH THE SPARROWS 613

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BOOK ONE

CHAPTER I ANTHONY PATCH

In 1913, when Anthony Patch was twenty-five, two years were already gone since irony, the Holy Ghost of this later day, had, theoretically at least, descended upon him. Irony was the final polish of the shoe, the ultimate dab of the clothes-brush, a sort of intellectual "There!"—yet at the brink of this story he has as yet gone no further than the conscious stage. As you first see him he wonders frequently whether he is not without honor and slightly mad, a shameful and obscene thinness glistening on the surface of the world like oil on a clean pond, these occasions being varied, of course, with those in which he thinks himself rather an exceptional young man, thoroughly sophisticated, well adjusted to his environment, and somewhat more significant than any one else he knows.
This was his healthy state and it made him cheerful, pleasant, and very attractive to intelligent men and to all women. In this state he considered that he would one day accomplish some quiet subtle thing that the elect would deem worthy and, passing on, would join the dimmer stars in a nebulous, indeterminate heaven half-way between death and immortality. Until the time came for this effort he would be Anthony Patch—not a portrait of a man but a distinct and dynamic personality, opinionated, contemptuous, functioning from within outward—a man who was aware that there could be no honor and yet had honor, who knew the sophistry of courage and yet was brave.

A WORTHY MAN AND HIS GIFTED SON

Anthony drew as much consciousness of social security from being the grandson of Adam J. Patch as he would have had from tracing his line over the sea to the crusaders. This is inevitable; Virginians and Bostonians to the contrary notwithstanding, an aristocracy founded sheerly on money postulates wealth in the particular.
Now Adam J. Patch, more familiarly known as "Cross Patch," left his father's farm in Tarrytown early in sixty-one to join a New York cavalry regiment. He came home from the war a major, charged into Wall Street, and amid much fuss, fume, applause, and ill will he gathered to himself some seventy-five million dollars.
This occupied his energies until he was fifty-seven years old. It was then that he determined, after a severe attack of sclerosis, to consecrate the remainder of his life to the moral regeneration of the world. He became a reformer among reformers. Emulating the magnificent efforts of Anthony Comstock, after whom his grandson was named, he levelled a varied assortment of uppercuts and body-blows at liquor, literature, vice, art, patent medicines, and Sunday theatres. His mind, under the influence of that insidious mildew which eventually forms on all but the few, gave itself up furiously to every indignation of the age. From an armchair in the office of his Tarrytown estate he directed against the enormous hypothetical enemy, unrighteousness, a campaign which went on through fifteen years, during which he displayed himself a rabid monomaniac, an unqualified nuisance, and an intolerable bore. The year in which this story opens found him wearying; his campaign had grown desultory; 1861 was creeping up slowly on 1895; his thoughts ran a great deal on the Civil War, somewhat on his dead wife and son, almost infinitesimally on his grandson Anthony.
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