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Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Feb 13, 12

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Read in February, 2012

On Saturday night in the summer-time, from the first tee, you can see the younger set dance in the Country Club with the worst intentions!

F. Scott Fitzgerald's BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR is all about intentions...to be accepted, popular, to influence others, for power and recognition, and control of your life. The results of this kind of expenditure are familiar to all ages and the bedrock of memories easily conjured up when reading Fitzgerald's story of adolescent angst.

Bernice from Eau Claire is spending a month with her cousin, Marjorie who describes herself as one of the "gardenia girls" with three or four men in love with her. With self-confidence to spare and mastery of all things essential to being popular, she turns her critical eye on her witless cousin, Bernice. The enlightened one heeps wisdom of how to dress, tame eyebrows, and project approbation onto needy dance partners. The intention is to be what you are not!

And when the new role becomes stale, promise to do something outrageous to keep everyone's attention...cut your long locks into a modern bob! Even better, charge for the viewing of your transformation.

What is all the outward change worth when you don't recognize yourself inwardly? We are all at various stages of intimacy with ourselves. Lasting change is typically slower than cutting your hair. Highly Recommended!



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Arushi Bhaskar I completely agree! This book is definitely one of Fitzgerald's best works, with a somewhat chilling moral message.


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