At a summer dance being hosted at a country club, teenagers from well-to-do families flirt, dance, and socialize in rituals incomprehensible to the older guests. Standing out from this crowd is Bernice , an awkward year-old girl whose unworldly ways and old-fashioned values clash with the modern manners of her peers. She is staying with her cousin Marjorie for yet another summer—and though the vivacious Marjorie has subtly tried to set Bernice on the path to social success, Bernice continues to falter at every step. Despite her beauty, she is hopelessly unpopular, boring every one of her dance partners.
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A great story of vengeance! The intolerable patronising attitude, pretensious nature as a do-gooder of Marjorie is exposed beautifully.
The reader cannot but help sympathise with Bernice who is outwitted and who in turn,outwits Marjorie. What is there to say about the craftmanship of Scot Fitgerald? It is masterly and the author's sarcasm about the craftiness, shallowness of human beings ' on the hunt for mates' can be felt between the lines.
I don't think that Fitzgerald ever quite believed how incredibly gifted he was. He gave us so many gifts, This story is just one of the many writings that can be read and read again. I think it's interesting that the title can be seen as having a double meaning. Bernice bobs her hair, but she bobs Marjorie's hair, too. Post a Comment. Scott Fitzgerald — From F. Labels: F.
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Scott Fitzgerald , written in and first published in the Saturday Evening Post in May of that year. The story was based on letters which a nineteen-year-old Fitzgerald sent to his fourteen-year-old  sister Annabel. Bernice, a purportedly mixed-race [a] girl from rural Eau Claire, Wisconsin , visits her beautiful and sophisticated cousin Marjorie Harvey for the month of August. At the Saturday-night dances , none of the handsome boys wish to dance with or speak to Bernice, and Marjorie feels that Bernice is a drag on her social life. One evening, Bernice overhears a hurtful conversation between Marjorie and Marjorie's mother in which Marjorie comments that Bernice is socially hopeless. Indian women all just sat round and never said anything. The next morning at breakfast, a distraught Bernice threatens to leave town but, when Marjorie is unfazed by her threats, Bernice relents.
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