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Bernice is pretty, but dowdy and serious Her cousin Marjorie is frivolous and popular F Scott Fitzgerald takes all the glamour of the roaring 20s and turns it on its ear The story is a delight and the ending is too satisfying A favorite quote At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look at forty five they are caves in which we hide. [[ E-PUB ]] ⇻ Bernice Bobs Her Hair ☋ 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 Oh, my Lord cried Marjorie in desperation You little nut Girls like you are responsible for all the tiresome colorless marraiges all those ghastly ineffiencies 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 affectationsI read F Scott s Fitzgerald s short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair in high school I loved itOh, my Lord cried Marjorie in desperation You little nut Girls like you are responsible for all the tiresome colorless marraiges all those ghastly ineffiencies 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 affectationsI read F Scott s Fitzgerald s short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair in high school I loved it 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 beattractive 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 in 1920, is a classic Recommended Quick Read 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 hands to protect it from the suddenly hostile world. Set in the Roaring Twenties, this is a coming of age story about the pressures of fitting in a group, and feeling accepted during the teenage years The story is about being so overly concerned with popularity and social standing that one s true identity is lost Bernice s snobbish cousin, Marjorie, gives Bernice advice so she ll bepopular But the advice works too well The story goes on to a satisfying ending. F Scott Fitzgerald picked the weakest plots and settings which many who loved to have grand eternal questions spicing up their novels and stories 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 Scott Fitzgerald picked the weakest plots and settings which many who loved to have grand eternal questions spicing up their novels and stories 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 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 I 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. So perfectly real. As good as expected, did not think it would deal with anything like this, I hadsocial justice female stuff because of bobbing the hair etc, but the ending was great, well deserved, and I hope Bernice learns to love her hair. I have arranged my thoughts into a haiku In high class combat, The cattiness of young girlsHolds few loyalties. AudioBook Review Stars Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 4I am admittedly not a huge fan of Fitzgerald s work, although I can and do appreciate his sharp wit that informs observations and commentary about behavior and motivations What stands out most sharply is the fact that human behavior and desires have not changed the characters in this story are self absorbed, obsessed with fitting in, vary in their social skills and awareness, and are far too prone to influence from those on the higher ru AudioBook Review Stars Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 4I am admittedly not a huge fan of Fitzgerald s work, although I can and do appreciate his sharp wit that informs observations and commentary about behavior and motivations What stands out most sharply is the fact that human behavior and desires have not changed the characters in this story are self absorbed, obsessed with fitting in, vary in their social skills and awareness, and are far too prone to influence from those on the higher rungs of the social ladder There are several moments to enjoy in this story proclamations about the psychology of attracting men and developing charm that fly from Marjorie s lips are clever and the connection between letters Fitzgerald sent with advice to his sister are abundantly clear 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 small tonal distinctions delineated the characters from one another and the narrative in a well modulated presentation 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 the setting is nearly a century prior, but the characters and people are real and easy to relate to with a modern eye This should be your introduction to Fitzgerald s writing, short, sweet and beautiful prose in his style, but not so long as to feel overwhelming 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 all conclusions are my own responsibility