The Beautiful and Damned

by

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Anthony and Gloria’s Japanese servant at their country house. Given Fitzgerald’s use of the novel to make social critiques, it is worth noting that Tana is one of the only people of color to speak in the novel. Fitzgerald writes the little dialogue he has as thickly accented and broken sentences.

Tana Quotes in The Beautiful and Damned

The The Beautiful and Damned quotes below are all either spoken by Tana or refer to Tana. 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

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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Tana Character Timeline in The Beautiful and Damned

The timeline below shows where the character Tana appears in The Beautiful and Damned. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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Anthony and Gloria hire a new servant named Tanalahaka, a Japanese man who lives with them in the country house. They call him Tana... (full context)
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...Anthony finds Gloria eating a tomato sandwich and drinking lemonade in the hammock, talking to Tana. Anthony reflects that Tana sounds as though he learned his information about Japan in a... (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 odds and ends. Tana says that... (full context)
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...too much of the women who once occupied it but have now aged. She detests Tana ever since she found him lounging on Anthony’s bed one day. The feeling is mutual,... (full context)
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...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 and Maury repeatedly tell Gloria to cheer... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...man named Frederick E. Paramore, one of Anthony’s Harvard classmates, shows up looking for Anthony. Tana tells him that Anthony and Gloria are out with friends they are hosting. Paramore, a... (full context)
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...a more modest apartment and hire an Irishwoman to fill the place of Bounds or Tana. Anthony decides to appeal to his grandfather once more when he hears that the old... (full context)