The Beautiful and Damned

by

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Anthony Patch thinks of Maury as his best friend. They spend most of their time together drinking and making fun of their friend Richard Caramel for taking his work as a writer too seriously. For Maury, unlike Anthony, drinking the day away is a phase that he thinks of as a project he will eventually complete in favor of an actual career. Maury meets Richard’s cousin Gloria Gilbert and becomes fixated on her before Anthony does, but his feeling that he is not suited to a fun love affair with a flapper prevents him from calling her. Once Anthony decides to marry Gloria, Maury becomes more and more absent from the narrative. He only appears again in the climactic sequence when Anthony must drunkenly beg him for money. His embarrassment to be seen speaking to Anthony suggests that their friendship, if it was ever real, has dissolved.

Maury Noble Quotes in The Beautiful and Damned

The The Beautiful and Damned quotes below are all either spoken by Maury Noble or refer to Maury Noble. 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 5 Quotes

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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Maury Noble Character Timeline in The Beautiful and Damned

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Chapter 1
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...age twenty, and spent the following three years dallying around Rome with Harvard acquaintances, including Maury Noble, enjoying art, music, poetry, and sexual exploits. In 1912, Anthony moved home because his... (full context)
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...apartment window. He sets the book aside to take a bath before meeting his friends Maury Noble and Dick Caramel for dinner at the Ritz. He admires his body in the... (full context)
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Once Anthony makes his way to the Ritz, he finds only Maury. Maury, the narrator notes, was considered by classmates at Harvard as even more unique and... (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 Demon Lover.... (full context)
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...paunch and 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... (full context)
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After dinner, Maury and Anthony go to a play. Anthony notices above all the varied clothing ensembles of... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...for the kind of intelligence he expects women to have, Dick asks why Anthony and Maury treat him as though he were inferior to them. Confused by the question, Anthony distracts... (full context)
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The narrator’s attention shifts to Maury Noble. Maury is at a transition point in his life. His plan was always to... (full context)
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Maury has an apartment in New York City but often spends weekends in Philadelphia with his... (full context)
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Anthony tells Maury about the current “stupid woman” he has been seeing, named Geraldine. Maury marvels that she... (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 who distracted... (full context)
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Maury and Anthony go on about how wonderful it is that Gloria is beautiful and not... (full context)
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...that he is weak and aging too fast, lacking the aspirations of Dick or even Maury. (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 that Gloria remembers Maury but that he never... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...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 knowledge of Anthony’s... (full context)
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...the vagueness of the compliment, then redirects Anthony’s attention to Muriel, who is leaning on Maury, swaying, and singing. (full context)
Chapter 4
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...a play to present a conversation among six ushers in the wedding, including Dick and Maury. The men are all drinking in Adam Patch’s library and jump quickly from one topic... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Anthony begins his new job on the 23rd. Anthony, who once used to argue with Maury over who would pay for dinner with Dick, now has less money than Dick. He... (full context)
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One evening, Dick and Maury come to the house with a stranger named Joe Hull. Gloria does not trust him... (full context)
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...least stay outside by the train tracks if they insist on keeping her with them. Maury launches into the story of his education. He concludes that while writings such as the... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...interested in what Tana has to say about Japan. The phone rings but goes unanswered. Maury shows up at the front door. Paramore greets him, but Maury does not remember him.... (full context)
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...Anthony takes on “a new glamour” as military service is glorified, and he, Dick, and Maury submit applications to go to officer training camps. However, Anthony fails a blood-pressure test, and... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...have it on offer. He becomes increasingly argumentative with not only Gloria but also with Maury. He often has hazy memories of these arguments. (full context)
Chapter 9
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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... (full context)
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...spending time with new friends who do not know him as well as Dick and Maury. He is drunk every day. Although he finds himself taunting Gloria about her increasingly frantic... (full context)
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...because of the lawsuit. Dick tells Anthony that he is surprised at the fact that Maury has become a “tightfisted aristocrat” while Anthony has fallen on hard times and neglected to... (full context)
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...not want to go home, so he stumbles drunk though the streets. He runs into Maury Noble with his fiancée and attempts to ask him for a loan. Maury seems embarrassed... (full context)