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This Side of Paradise – Book I, Chapter 2: Spires and Gargoyles

Summary Amory moves into Princeton and meets his roommates, Kerry and Burne Holiday. Together, they try to adjust to their new environment, going to movies and getting catcalled by upperclassmen. Attempting to gain status in the class, Amory first goes out for football, but after an impressive start, is sidelined by an injury. He then …

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This Side of Paradise – Book I, Chapter 1: Amory, Son of Beatrice

Summary This chapter records the development of Amory Blaine, the protagonist of the novel, up to his arrival at Princeton. It begins with a brief description of his mother, Beatrice, who was a wealthy and pretty girl from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, educated with all the advantages of her familys wealth, including stints in Europe. She …

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This Side of Paradise – Book I, Chapter 3: The Egotist Considers

Summary While Amory embraces Isabelle, his shirt-stud hurts her neck and leaves a mark. Out of this incident, a small argument erupts in which Isabelle accuses Amory of being completely egocentric. He realizes that they actually do not love each other and leaves quickly; the affair is over. Having failed a course the semester before, …

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This Side of Paradise – Book I, Chapter 4: Narcissus Off Duty

Summary In January of Amorys senior year, he learns that a number of juniors are thinking of resigning from their clubs as a form of protest. Burne Holiday (Kerrys brother) is the instigating force. In discussions with Burne, Amory realizes the extent to which he has allowed himself to become idle. Burne reignites Amorys intellectual …

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This Side of Paradise – Interlude, May 1917 – February 1919

Summary This short section tells the story of Amorys time at war solely through two letters and a short narration. The first letter, dated January 1918, is from Monsignor Darcy to second lieutenant Amory, stationed in Long Island. Darcy rages at the violence of the war and draws parallels through history. He observes that he …

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