The Beautiful and Damned

by

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Anthony Patch Character Analysis

The protagonist of The Beautiful and Damned. Anthony is the grandson of Adam Patch and the suitor and eventual husband of Gloria Gilbert. Many of the supporting characters in the novel, such as Richard Caramel and Maury Noble, are Anthony’s former classmates from Harvard. Although Anthony lives the life of a socialite, treating club events and drinking as nearly a profession, he has difficulty making deep personal connections. For example, he considers Maury his best friend but falls out of touch with him for many years after marrying Gloria. Even in his marriage, Anthony frequently isolates himself from Gloria to the point that he pursues an unfulfilling extra-marital affair with Dorothy Raycroft. Anthony’s tendency to isolate himself seems to be rooted in his lonely childhood, during which both his parents and his grandmother died. Anthony’s aversion to risk fetters his development of any sort of career, which causes him to be financially over-reliant on the grandfather who raised him. Expecting from the age of 22 that he is soon to inherit Adam Patch’s fortune, Anthony uses the majority of his income (earned through his mother’s inheritance, not through any work he accomplishes) to furnish his lavish wardrobe and apartment. By the end of the novel, Anthony’s extravagant spending and lack of work ethic have gotten him into deep financial trouble. Disinherited by his prohibitionist grandfather, Anthony copes with his distress by drinking to the point of dangerous alcohol dependency. Although the inheritance is finally reinstated, by the tragically young age of 33 Anthony has irreparably damaged his body and mind through his poor decisions, alcoholism, and unwillingness to exercise his talents.

Anthony Patch Quotes in The Beautiful and Damned

The The Beautiful and Damned quotes below are all either spoken by Anthony Patch or refer to Anthony Patch. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Beautiful and Damned published in 1922.
Chapter 1 Quotes

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.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch
Page Number: 3
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…[T]o Anthony life was a struggle against death, that waited at every corner. It was a concession to his hypochondriacal imagination that he developed the habit of reading in bed – it soothed him. He read until he was tired and often fell asleep with the lights still on.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch
Page Number: 6
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One of those men devoid of the symmetry of feature essential to the Aryan ideal, he was yet, here and there, considered handsome – moreover, he was very clean, in appearance and in reality with that especial cleanness borrowed from beauty.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch
Page Number: 8
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Chapter 2 Quotes

While it seemed to him that the average débutante spent every hour of her day thinking and talking about what the great world had mapped out for her to do during the next hour, any girl who made a living directly on her prettiness interested him enormously.

Page Number: 29
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“…[Dick] says the biography of every woman begins with the first kiss that counts, and ends when her last child is laid in her arms…He says unloved women have no biographies – they have histories.”

Related Characters: Gloria Gilbert (speaker), Anthony Patch, Richard Caramel
Page Number: 53
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Chapter 3 Quotes

There was one of his lonelinesses coming, one of those times when he walked the streets or sat, aimless and depressed, biting a pencil at his desk. It was a self-absorption with no comfort, a demand for expression with no outlet, a sense of time rushing by, ceaselessly and wastefully—assuaged only by that conviction that there was nothing to waste, because all efforts and attainments were equally valueless.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch
Page Number: 79
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Her eyes appeared to regard him out of many thousand years: all emotion she might have felt, all words she might have uttered, would have seemed inadequate beside the adequacy of her silence, ineloquent against the eloquence of her beauty—and of her body, close to him, slender and cool.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 88
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Her arms fell to her side. In an instant she was free.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 97
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Always the most poignant moments were when some artificial barrier kept them apart: in the theatre their hands would steal together, join, give and return gentle pressures through the long dark; in crowded rooms they would form words with their lips for each other’s eyes—not knowing that they were but following in the footsteps of dusty generations but comprehending dimly that if truth is the end of life happiness is a mode of it, to be cherished in its brief and tremulous moment. And then, one fairy night, May became June. Sixteen days now—fifteen—fourteen—

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 118-19
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…After a moment she found a pencil and holding it unsteadily drew three parallel lines beneath the last entry. Then she printed FINIS in large capitals, put the book back in the drawer, and crept into bed.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 128
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“It’s been mighty funny, this success and all,” said Dick. “Just before the novel appeared I’d been trying, without success, to sell some short stories. Then, after my book came out, I polished up three and had them accepted by one of the magazines that had rejected them before. I’ve done a lot of them since; publishers don’t pay me for my book till this winter.”

“Don’t let the victor belong to the spoils.”

Related Characters: Anthony Patch (speaker), Richard Caramel (speaker)
Page Number: 162
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Chapter 5 Quotes

In a moment he would call Tana and they would pour into themselves a gay and delicate poison which would restore them momentarily to the pleasurable excitement of childhood, when every face in a crowd had carried its suggestion of splendid and significant transactions taking place somewhere to some magnificent and illimitable purpose…Life was no more than this summer afternoon; a faint wind stirring the lace collar of Gloria’s dress, the slow baking drowsiness of the veranda…Intolerably unmoved they all seemed, removed from any romantic imminency of action. Even Gloria’s beauty needed wild emotions, needed poignancy, needed death…

Page Number: 184-5
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She was at the top now and could see the lands about her as successive sweeps of open country, cold under the moon, coarsely patched and seamed with thin rows and heavy clumps of trees…The oppression was lifted now – the tree-tops below her were rocking the young starlight to a haunted doze. She stretched out her arms with a gesture of freedom. This was what she had wanted, to stand alone where it was high and cool.

Page Number: 213
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Chapter 6 Quotes

Things had been slipping perceptibly. There was the money question, increasingly annoying, increasingly ominous; there was the realization that liquor had become a practical necessity to their amusement – not an uncommon phenomenon in the British aristocracy of a hundred years ago, but a somewhat alarming one in a civilization steadily becoming more temperate and more circumspect. Moreover, both of them seemed vaguely weaker in fibre, not so much in what they did as in their subtle reactions to the civilization about them.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 239
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The phone clicked. Her eyes looking along the floor saw his feet cut the pattern of a patch of sunlight on the carpet. She arose and faced him with a gray, level glance just as his arms folded about her.

“My dearest,” he whispered huskily. “He did it, God damn him!”

Related Characters: Anthony Patch (speaker), Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 252
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“The Winter of Discontent”

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 254
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Chapter 7 Quotes

It occurred to him that all strongly accentuated classes, such as the military, divided men into two kinds: their own kind – and those without. To the clergyman there were clergy and laity, to the Catholic there were Catholics and non-Catholics, to the negro there were blacks and whites, to the prisoner there were the imprisoned and the free, and to the sick man there were the sick and the well. . . So, without thinking of it once in his life-time, he had been a civilian, a layman, a non-Catholic, a Gentile, white, free, and well. . .

Related Characters: Anthony Patch
Page Number: 289
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Then he found something that made him stop suddenly and sit down on one of the twin beds, the corners of his mouth drooping as though he were about to weep. There in a corner of her drawer, tied with a frail blue ribbon, were all the letters and telegrams he had written her during the year past. He was suffused with happy and sentimental shame.

“I'm not fit to touch her,” he cried aloud to the four walls. “I'm not fit to touch her little hand.”

Nevertheless, he went out to look for her.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch (speaker), Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 308
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Gloria told over to herself the people who had visited them in the gray house at Marietta. It had seemed at the time that they were always having company – she had indulged in an unspoken conviction that each guest was ever afterward slightly indebted to her. They owed her a sort of moral ten dollars apiece, and should she ever be in need she might, so to speak, borrow from them this visionary currency. But they were gone, scattered like chaff, mysteriously and subtly vanished in essence or in fact.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Gloria Gilbert
Page Number: 314
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This was her twenty-ninth birthday, and the world was melting away before her eyes…

“Oh, my pretty face,” she whispered, passionately grieving. “Oh, my pretty face! Oh, I don’t want to live without my pretty face! Oh, what’s happened?”

Then she slid toward the mirror and, as in the test, sprawled face downward upon the floor – and lay there sobbing. It was the first awkward movement she had ever made.

Related Characters: Gloria Gilbert (speaker), Anthony Patch, Joseph Bloeckman
Page Number: 349
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Chapter 9 Quotes

For a moment he did not doubt that the whole project was entirely natural and graceful. To his distorted imagination Bloeckman had become simply one of his old friends.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Joseph Bloeckman
Page Number: 375
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Turning about from the window he faced his reflection in the mirror, contemplating dejectedly the wan, pasty face, the eyes with their crisscross of lines like shreds of dried blood, the stooped and flabby figure whose very sag was a document in lethargy. He was thirty-three-he looked forty. Well, things would be different.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch
Page Number: 383-4
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Anthony Patch Character Timeline in The Beautiful and Damned

The timeline below shows where the character Anthony Patch appears in The Beautiful and Damned. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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The novel opens with the narrator’s description of Anthony Patch in 1913, at age 25. Anthony is of the mind that irony, “the final... (full context)
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At moments when he feels exceptional, Anthony acts agreeable and finds himself the center of attention. He imagines as a matter of... (full context)
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The narrator reflects that Anthony enjoys an elevated social status not because he is descended from nobility but because his... (full context)
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...more time dwelling on his dead wife and son and, to an even greater extent, Anthony. Adam’s son (Anthony’s father) was a successful writer who became depressive following the death of... (full context)
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Anthony grew up terrified of death because of his parents’ and grandmother’s early demises. He habitually... (full context)
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Anthony graduated in 1909 at age twenty, and spent the following three years dallying around Rome... (full context)
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Anthony now lives in the most desirable apartment in his building. He thinks of his home... (full context)
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Anthony visits his broker at least one morning a week. Doing so makes him feel financially... (full context)
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The narrator reflects that a year ago, immediately after moving into his apartment, Anthony called his grandfather and was disappointed to discover that he was still alive. He went... (full context)
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The narrator sets the scene: It is a fall afternoon, and Anthony is reading Erewhon by his apartment window. He sets the book aside to take a... (full context)
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While dressing meticulously after his bath, Anthony notices a woman through the window across the alley. He is totally captivated by her... (full context)
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Once Anthony makes his way to the Ritz, he finds only Maury. Maury, the narrator notes, was... (full context)
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In a passage that Fitzgerald formats like a scene in a play, Anthony and Maury discuss Dick’s absence and his devotion to the novel he is writing, The... (full context)
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...a bulging forehead. He is beginning to go bald. Dick shakes hands with Maury and Anthony and makes light fun of them for drinking and womanizing while he is hard at... (full context)
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After dinner, Maury and Anthony go to a play. Anthony notices above all the varied clothing ensembles of the audience... (full context)
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...narrator ends the scene by stating that it has all taken place seven years before Anthony’s cigarette alone in his apartment. (full context)
Chapter 2
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...in the city more eager than ever to socialize, many with an eye to marriage. Anthony sees an uptick in social invitations. On 42nd Street one afternoon, Anthony runs into Richard... (full context)
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Dick tells Anthony that he has a famous cousin named Gloria Gilbert who they could go see. She... (full context)
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Dick goes on to say that Gloria is nice but has no brains. When Anthony teases Dick for the kind of intelligence he expects women to have, Dick asks why... (full context)
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Anthony and Dick go upstairs to the Gilberts’ apartment. Gloria is out dancing, but they meet... (full context)
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Anthony and Dick discuss the weather and Gloria with the Gilberts. The narrator describes the young... (full context)
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...often spends weekends in Philadelphia with his mother and brother. After his afternoon with Dick, Anthony is delighted to find that Maury is home for a weekend for once. Maury’s presence... (full context)
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Anthony tells Maury about the current “stupid woman” he has been seeing, named Geraldine. Maury marvels... (full context)
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Tired of literary discussion, Anthony and Maury begin discussing their respective days. Maury describes the girl he met at tea... (full context)
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Maury and Anthony go on about how wonderful it is that Gloria is beautiful and not smart. Anthony... (full context)
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Morning several days later finds Anthony sleeping late. When he finally gets up, he dresses slowly and adds an evening with... (full context)
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Anthony stares at the books he has taken out from the library and failed to read.... (full context)
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An afternoon of cocktails and luncheon at the University Club cheers Anthony. He runs into two of his former classmates who are now married, and they remind... (full context)
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Just as Anthony is overcome with disgust for his inability to apply himself to any pursuit except drinking... (full context)
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Gloria immediately begins talking at length, even though she alone listens intently to her words. Anthony contemplates her beauty and only becomes aware of what she is saying when she compliments... (full context)
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...conversation about names, but the conversation keeps falling back into a dialogue between Gloria and Anthony. They speak disparagingly of Adam Patch’s reformist tendencies, but what makes Gloria sit straight up... (full context)
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When Gloria asks what Anthony has heard about her, Anthony mentions that Maury told him of her beauty. He ascertains... (full context)
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Later in the week, Anthony and Gloria have tea on their own. Anthony contemplates Gloria in the gray suit she... (full context)
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...the restaurant, picking the perfect place to sit, and along the way pointing out to Anthony various attractive girls and their physical flaws. Anthony turns the conversation topic to Gloria herself.... (full context)
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Anthony tells Gloria that he thought she was only 18, and she tells him that is... (full context)
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Aided by a cocktail, Anthony proudly announces that he does nothing because he has no useful skills. Gloria does not... (full context)
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Anthony begins taking Gloria out on dates over the next several weeks. It is difficult to... (full context)
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There aren’t many option, so Gloria settles for the cabaret. Anthony notices that all the women there seem detached, as though they are in the crowd... (full context)
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When the play begins, the gaudiness makes Anthony supremely anxious about the falseness of life. Meanwhile, Gloria insists that she has “a streak... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...his name. Uncomfortable discussing himself, Dick changes the subject to Gloria and his opinion that Anthony is smitten with her. He thinks she ought to marry him and have done with... (full context)
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On Monday, Anthony takes a girl named Geraldine, who works as an usher, to lunch. He doesn’t think... (full context)
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Geraldine tells Anthony she is sure he will one day fall in love. Anthony tells her the story... (full context)
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...Joseph Bloeckman commands the attention of the room. At 35, he is socially disconnected from Anthony, Dick, and Maury. Anthony scoffs internally when Bloeckman attempts to bond with him, first over... (full context)
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...Gloria to rejoin him “on his left hand” while the oysters are still fresh. Meanwhile, Anthony is dancing “on Gloria’s left hand.” He compliments her beauty and says he approves of... (full context)
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...woman, why, she is the miraculous mouthpiece of posterity.” Everyone attempts not to laugh, and Anthony shouts that Bloeckman must have memorized a subtitle from one of his movies. Gloria stares... (full context)
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...orchestra. All but Richard and Rachael drink champagne, and all but Gloria and Bloeckman dance. Anthony watches Gloria as she listens to Bloeckman and watches the dancers. He wonders what Bloeckman... (full context)
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At ten, Gloria dances with Anthony out of earshot of the others and tells him she wants to go to the... (full context)
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...she has been. Gloria tells her she went to call her mother. Bloeckman, meanwhile, fixes Anthony with a strange glance. When Gloria goes by, Bloeckman rises and then resumes his conversation... (full context)
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In the morning, Anthony sits in his apartment and reflects on his kiss with Gloria. She strikes him as... (full context)
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The narrator interjects that it does not occur to Anthony that it isn’t Gloria influencing him but rather some omnipotent photographer taking snapshots of Gloria... (full context)
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Tuesday is freezing cold. Anthony meets Gloria at the Plaza and wonders whether he dreamed their kiss. He asks if... (full context)
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Back at the Plaza, Gloria insists that Anthony come upstairs. He at first despises himself for letting her take control this way, but... (full context)
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Anthony tells Gloria of his difficulty in finding a suitable career, and Gloria expresses disinterest in... (full context)
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Anthony is overtaken with panic at the realization that he is “not so much in love... (full context)
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After another day, Anthony has calmed down and decides to devise a plan to deal with his love for... (full context)
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Anthony tries to pass the time with Geraldine the usher, who lets him kiss her as... (full context)
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The first thing Anthony says to Gloria when he finally sees her is that she bobbed her hair. The... (full context)
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On Sunday, Anthony and Gloria spend the day on his lounge. He tells her that he loves her,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Two weeks later, Anthony and Gloria begin discussing marriage. Anthony insists that Gloria does not love him as much... (full context)
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One day, Anthony asks Gloria why she likes Muriel. She says she doesn’t much but socializes with her... (full context)
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On a later, sunny afternoon, Gloria and Anthony ride around on top of a bus. Anthony complains that the city is artificial. Gloria... (full context)
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Anthony goes to Tarrytown to tell his grandfather he is getting married. He is insulted when... (full context)
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...the attention he receives from it. He remains an usher in the wedding party, but Anthony and Gloria decide he is a bore. They are also unsatisfied with many of the... (full context)
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...are now in her past. She rereads the entries of April, during her courtship with Anthony. In one entry, she has enumerated the four different types of husbands: the one who... (full context)
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Alone in his apartment after the bridal dinner, Anthony climbs into bed, “feeling impersonal and fragile as a piece of china waiting on a... (full context)
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Anthony wakes up early and envies that unlike Gloria, he cannot cover up his tired face... (full context)
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...jump quickly from one topic to the next. They discuss Dick’s book, their surprise that Anthony’s prohibitionist grandfather would host a wedding with alcohol, and Muriel Kane’s inappropriate social conduct before... (full context)
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During the wedding, Anthony has trouble being excited and focuses more on the clergyman’s gold teeth than on Gloria.... (full context)
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Over the course of the honeymoon and during the first few months of marriage, Anthony and Gloria find themselves less enamored of each other the more they get to know... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Anthony finds that Gloria has a temper. For example, she throws a tantrum at a restaurant... (full context)
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On their way home from the honeymoon, Anthony and Gloria stop in Washington and visit General Lee’s old home in Arlington. The place... (full context)
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Anthony finds that discussions with Gloria are difficult because they have been educated differently based on... (full context)
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At twenty-three and twenty-six, Gloria and Anthony are beginning to be like the organ grinder who, at thirty, becomes “a more or... (full context)
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Immediately after having the car towed, Anthony and Gloria see a realtor’s sign at the garage. They rent a little gray house... (full context)
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Despite their many moments of disagreement, Anthony and Gloria also share serene moments. One night, they lie awake speaking of the men... (full context)
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One day, Anthony and Gloria begin joking about their disparate parts that could combine to make up their... (full context)
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Social life in Marietta is disappointing. Gloria vents to Anthony about how simultaneously boring and anxiety-inducing it is to visit other young married women who... (full context)
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In November, Anthony and Gloria move back to Anthony’s apartment in the city, where their social life is... (full context)
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After another spring traveling around California and socializing with other bourgeois couples, Gloria and Anthony realize they have spent too much money and decide to go into “retirement” in the... (full context)
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Anthony and Gloria hire a new servant named Tanalahaka, a Japanese man who lives with them... (full context)
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One day in June, Anthony and Gloria spend the afternoon at the beach. Anthony is in the midst of a... (full context)
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Once Anthony has pointed out Gloria’s fierce independence, she adopts it as a moral code. On the... (full context)
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At Adam Patch’s house, Anthony is discouraged to find that his grandfather does not recall reading the essay he recently... (full context)
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At home, Anthony finds Gloria eating a tomato sandwich and drinking lemonade in the hammock, talking to Tana.... (full context)
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...he and Gloria discuss setting up a screen test for her to become an actress, Anthony wonders in amazement that both he and Bloeckman used to be so taken with Gloria.... (full context)
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One day in July, Anthony comes home to find only Tana at the kitchen table, making a typewriter out of... (full context)
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On the morning of February 22, Anthony and Gloria must have Bounds remind them what day it is when they awake. They... (full context)
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...point onward, Gloria commits even more to her philosophy of doing only what she desires. Anthony tries to be excited about his new job but soon loses his ambition to work... (full context)
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The following summer finds Anthony and Gloria hosting an endless stream of guests at the country house. Gloria moves into... (full context)
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...the house with a stranger named Joe Hull. Gloria does not trust him and tells Anthony that she wishes he would use Tana’s bathtub. Over the course of the evening, Dick... (full context)
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...the country house, which is in disarray. A man named Frederick E. Paramore, one of Anthony’s Harvard classmates, shows up looking for Anthony. Tana tells him that Anthony and Gloria are... (full context)
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...the end of the evening, even he is partaking of the revelry. Gloria complains to Anthony that he is paying too much attention to Rachael Barnes, née Jerryl. She drunkenly says... (full context)
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For some time, Anthony and Gloria have been increasingly capable of indifference and even hatred toward one another. At... (full context)
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Anthony and Gloria discuss what to do. They wish Adam Patch had died a week ago,... (full context)
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In September, Anthony and Gloria leave the country house. Gloria scolds Anthony for packing his stamp collection. He... (full context)
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On the train back to the city, Anthony and Gloria continue to quarrel. Anthony asks Gloria not to be cross because they have... (full context)
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Anthony is now twenty-nine, and he is beginning to feel as though he has wasted his... (full context)
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Anthony reveals to Gloria that their income is down to $600 a month after all their... (full context)
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Shuttleworth refuses to let Anthony see Adam Patch. Irritated, Anthony returns to New York, where he and Gloria spend a... (full context)
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Adam Patch dies in November. Anthony and Gloria attend the funeral nervously. After a week of not hearing anything about the... (full context)
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Anthony goes to see a lawyer, Mr. Haight. They discuss how it was only in August,... (full context)
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As the lawsuit gets underway, Anthony and Gloria continue their partying habits. They keep meaning to work come Monday, but it... (full context)
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Anthony begins to associate himself with the night elevator operator, who never seems to leave the... (full context)
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Anthony finally tries in earnest to write. He criticizes Dick for the fallen quality of his... (full context)
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In mid-January, Gloria’s father dies. She and Anthony travel to Kansas City for the funeral, but Gloria thinks this whole time not of... (full context)
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Bloeckman pays Gloria a few more visits. Anthony is outraged by the idea of Gloria becoming an actress and making money. Gloria tells... (full context)
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In April, war is declared with Germany. Anthony takes on “a new glamour” as military service is glorified, and he, Dick, and Maury... (full context)
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In July, they lose the lawsuit. Mr. Haight immediately files an appeal. As Anthony and Gloria plan what they will do once they finally win, Anthony is drafted. No... (full context)
Chapter 7
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On the train to the training camp, Anthony sits next to a Sicilian man who doesn’t talk much. The men are told not... (full context)
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By the end of the train ride, everyone is overheated. Anthony doesn’t like the food but must get used to it. The camp smells of garbage,... (full context)
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After a week’s quarantine, Anthony is allowed to go into town. An officer yells at him to salute as he... (full context)
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The girl in lilac turns out to be named Dorothy Raycroft. Anthony embarks on an affair with her not because he finds her more captivating than Gloria... (full context)
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...She has kissed others but maintains a “trio” of past sexual partners. When she meets Anthony, he reminds her of her own tragedies. The first night they meet, she whispers, “Do... (full context)
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Anthony realizes that for the first time in his life, he is in the same ranks... (full context)
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By December, Anthony and Gloria’s briefly passionate correspondence has dropped off. She updates him on such affairs as... (full context)
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Anthony receives a promotion to corporal. He thinks about the fact that he is now a... (full context)
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As spring passes into summer, Anthony continues enjoying his days with Dorothy while other men fare far worse at the camp.... (full context)
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In mid-July, Anthony must tell Dorothy that the camp is being relocated to Mississippi and that he is... (full context)
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Mid-September at Camp Boone, Mississippi, Anthony tries and fails to write a letter to Gloria. He worries about her silence and... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Anthony has been keeping Dorothy in a boarding house in town. In the midst of his... (full context)
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During his sentence in the guard-house, Anthony has an increasingly paranoid sense that he is being watched. He attempts to exhaust himself... (full context)
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...being sent to France. The thought of being shipped to France as a replacement sickens Anthony, and he tries immediately to get a furlough to go see Gloria in the city.... (full context)
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...seems to take years to get through the city and back to the apartment where Anthony hopes to find Gloria. She is out at the Armistice Ball when he arrives. He... (full context)
Chapter 8
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A year ago, when Anthony left for the officer training camp, Gloria walked through the crowd away from the train... (full context)
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...trial is postponed again to fall, Gloria decides to try becoming an actress without telling Anthony. As time passes, she realizes from his letters that he does not want her to... (full context)
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A week after Anthony and Gloria’s reunion at the Armistice Ball, Anthony’s regiment must return to Mississippi to be... (full context)
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By February, two months after Anthony’s return, he and Gloria are back to quarreling and spending more money than they have.... (full context)
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Anthony considers writing for newspapers but is unable to find a suitable job. One day, when... (full context)
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Anthony reports back to Gloria about Heart Talks, laughing at the ridiculousness of the salesmanship scheme.... (full context)
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Anthony’s first attempt at selling the pamphlets is a disaster. To get his foot in the... (full context)
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Very drunk, Anthony decides once and for all that he is going to make a sale at a... (full context)
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When prohibition passes in July, Anthony counterintuitively finds alcohol even more readily available than before, because it is now a badge... (full context)
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Anthony has not laid a hand on Gloria in anger since the incident on the train... (full context)
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In November one night, Gloria tosses and turns and asks Anthony for ice water. She reflects uneasily that she did not try hard enough to find... (full context)
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...the screen test and feels that she has done very well. She does not tell Anthony what she has done. (full context)
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...test. The third day, she bites the inside of her mouth raw and quarrels with Anthony until he leaves the apartment. Gloria goes for a walk to pass the time until... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Anthony and Gloria have moved once more to an apartment with lower rent. Muriel Kane visits... (full context)
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The conversation turns to Maury Noble, who has been avoiding Anthony since one of Anthony’s recent drunken outbursts. Anthony begins to tear up, and Gloria says... (full context)
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Muriel is shocked at Anthony’s behavior. She is more shocked to hear Gloria say that Anthony is drunk – he... (full context)
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Muriel and Gloria sit together, Gloria thinking but not saying aloud that she wishes Anthony would take her out somewhere she could show off her new dress. After Muriel leaves,... (full context)
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Anthony gives up his membership to all his clubs because the dues are too cumbersome. He... (full context)
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One day, Anthony meets Richard Caramel for the first time in months. Dick tells Anthony that he has... (full context)
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Anthony and Dick go back to Dick’s house, which is full of books. Anthony tells Dick... (full context)
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As winter approaches, Anthony seems to be seized by “madness.” He and Gloria are both aware that his drinking... (full context)
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Gloria comes home from an errand to buy beauty products one day to find Anthony pacing, agitated that his bank account has been closed because it was empty. He works... (full context)
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Anthony and Gloria begin listing to each other people they might ask for a loan. There... (full context)
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After several rounds, Anthony feigns having forgotten his pocketbook, and one of his friends pays for his drinks. He... (full context)
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Anthony finds Bloeckman at a dancing club. He attempts to confront Bloeckman about Gloria’s film rejection.... (full context)
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...a great deal of character attacks on Shuttleworth and other beneficiaries of Adam Patch’s will. Anthony wakes a nervous mess the day the verdict is to be read. He plans to... (full context)
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Dorothy tells Anthony that she tracked him down through a newspaper story about the lawsuit. She pleads with... (full context)
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...and Dick come in later to find a smashed chair, the smell of perfume, and Anthony on the bathroom floor clutching his stamp collection. They tell him that they have won... (full context)
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On the deck of a ship, two onlookers stare at Anthony, who is sitting in a wheelchair. One tells the other that he must be thinking... (full context)