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Bernice Bobs Her Hair
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I want to be a society vampire, you see, she announced coolly, and went on to inform him that bobbed hair was the necessary prelude. She added that she wanted to ask his advice, because she had heard he was so critical about girls.
Paperback48 pages. Published June 17th by Kessinger Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bernice Bobs Her Hairplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Bernice Bobs Her Hair. Lists with This Book. Polite and unassuming Bernice is visiting her narcissistic and snobbish cousin Marjorie. When jealously arises over the affections of a certain young man, a battle of wits and wills ensues and reaches a conclusion that is both surprising and satisfying.
This very entertaining short story was first published in in the Saturday Evening Post. Set in the roaring twenties, but this one has a different feel than other Fitzgerald short stories that I’ve read. View all 4 comments. Girls like you are responsible for all the tiresome colorless marraiges; all those ghastly ineffiencies that pass as feminine qualities. After reading it again twenty plus years later – the angst, Marjorie, and Bernice – I still love this short story set in the Roaring Twenties.
Fitzgerald was inspired by letters to his younger sister on how to be more attractive to men. We see the sexism of the time – the cattiness and manipulations of teens, the peer pressure – which are told through third person omniscient narrative. The characters live in upper crust society and they can be perceived as shallow people, but Bernice is the underdog in the story. She doesn’t understand why she doesn’t fit in with Marjories friends, and the need to see her rise above Marjorie’s scathing review of her sucks us into the story.
I’m not too sure about Fitzgerald’s characterization of Marjorie. She sounds like a man in a woman’s body, instead of a behaving like a forward-thinking female.
It makes me wonder how much Fitzgerald is represented in Majorie. Despite my little issue, this short story, which was first posted in The Saturday Evening Post inis a classic!
More Quotes Bernice had all the sensations of Marie Antoinette bound for the guillotine in a tumbrel.
Vaguely she wondered why she did not cry out that it was all a mistake. It was all she could do to keep from clutching her hair with both haor to protect it from the suddenly hostile world. View all 13 comments. Oct 02, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing. Scott Fitzgerald picked the weakest plots and settings which many who loved to have grand eternal questions spicing up their novels and fitzgeralv would easily find mundane or of no interest or concern to them.
Yet it is here that I find marvel in his works. What do I care, indeed, about a love triangle among the rich, beautiful, amoral pre-war Americans? Yet he told the story nevertheless and I saw how pristine his prose was and so five stars for “The Great Gatsby” from me. What do I care about t F. What do I care about two young Ivy Leaguers, rich like most Fitzgerald characters, obsessed with looking better, being the belle of the ball, and being with cute boys?
And yet, five stars also for this short story. This is perhaps the only story whose subject matter is as alien to me as Mars but which I had to reread to relive the sheer pleasure of Fitzgerald’s tantalizing pace, smart dialogues and brilliant, lively characters. My first Fitzgerald short story and Bernuce really enjoyed it. Fitting for the times, a story about the pitfalls of popularity and the hazard of getting what you wish for as well as the sweet taste of revenge.
Mar 19, Gary rated it really liked it. Jun 26, Gaele rated it it was amazing Shelves: What stands out most sharply is the fact that human behavior and desires have not changed: There are several moments to enjoy in this story: I cannot help but think that his advice did contain some of the lesson that is visited on both cousins at the end, and presenting a story with such a clever conclusion, slightly devious and wholly appropriate for the character of Bernice was satisfying.
The narration provided by Lee Ann Howlett presented the story and the characters in a cleanly presented form: Finely nuanced inflections provide verbal clues to the attitudes and personalities of the characters, from hesitancy to offhanded bravado, each was a perfectly voiced addition to the written text. This is one of the stories that become the definition of a classic short: I received an audiobook copy of the story from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review at the Heard Word.
I was not compensated for this review: Mar 15, Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: As good as expected, did not think it would deal with anything like this, I had more social justice female stuff because of bobbing the hair etc, but the ending was great, well deserved, berince I hope Bernice bermice to love her hair.
Mar 27, K. Anna Hardy rated it really liked it. I have arranged my thoughts into a haiku: Apr 02, Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it. Assim, aprende a manter conversas interessantes, elogiando e seduzindo os jovens do sexo masculino. Continuamos a pender para o egocentrismo, obcecados em “pertencer” a algum grupo, a “encaixar” em algum lado, mesmo que isso nos custe parte da nossa individualidade.
Ser atrevido estava agora em voga. A satisfying ending after an uncertain beginning — a boring girl visiting her cousin makes changes in herself in order to become popular. Though not such a great premise, there are some good tips about being a better conversationalist and focusing on the shyer members of the acott sex.
Jan 21, Maria Stanica rated it it was amazing. I loved this short story!
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Definitely check it out if you haven’t tried anything by F. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. Girls like you are responsible for all fitzgerakd tiresome colorless marriages; all those ghastly inefficiencies that pass as feminine qualities.
What a blow it must be when a man with imagination marries the beautiful bundle of clothes that he’s been building ideals round, and finds that she’s just a weak, whining, cowardly mass of affectations!
My first by F. Scott Fitzgerald and definitely not last. PS You can find it in ‘Flappers and Philosophers’ on gutenberg. May 16, Debbie rated it it was amazing.
Sorry for the explicative in the description but there was no other way to explain it because that is Exactly fotzgerald I laughed and said at the end. Scott writes “the flapper” and the snobbish rich well.
That is exactly who we encounter in this short story. Bernice Bobs Her Hair. This is a story about two cousins. It’s a bit of the country mouse vs city mouse in theory. Marjorie is everything city. All the men fawn over her and her blonde hair and she She is a “now” woman. And then, there is Bernice her shy, quiet, country cousin who comes to stay once a year.
Bernice, is the polar opposite of fitzgerale cousin Marjorie. Her family fitzgeralx money back home but her popularity in society is based upon her mothers pressing verses any doing of her own. Here in the city with her very forward cousin, she is very out of place.
At the social events out boba pity Marjorie begs her hangers on to entertain Bernice for some time because she finds her old fashioned quiet womanly ways pitiful. Bernice herself had no idea that the city society considered her pitiful until one night she stumbled upon a conversation she was not meant to overhear. Out of anger she lashes out at Marjorie only to berbice met by her sheer lack of concern. After some meditation on fitzherald status, she began to question herself and wonder if everyone was not right?
With a sense bob determination vobs anger she solicited Marjorie’s help in turning her into the belle of society. Eventually what started as helping her simple cousin, turned into a popularity contest with Marjorie’s place being questioned.
Marjorie sets out to fix her interloping cousin. But there is a surprise at the end! I listened to this vs read and I still think I will enjoy it even more when I have the opportunity to read the words.