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In 1912 Cecilia Taylor was an impoverished widow with four young daughters. Clara Page is pictured as a widow with small children and as the quintessence of the virtuous woman. She is 舠very devout, always had been, and God knows what heights she attained and what strength she drew down to herself when she knelt and bent her golden hair into the stained-glass light舡 (p. 132). It is Clara舗s virtue that probably causes Amory to fall so hard for her, because it allows little chance of physical contact: 舠She was the first fine woman he ever knew and one of the few good people who ever interested him舡 (p.
Amory was shocked to discover the decrease in the number of bond holdings and the great drop in the income舡 in 1912 (p. 93). Later, when Amory舗s mother begins putting money into railroad and streetcar bonds, the reader knows this spells doom for his financial future. Fitzgerald, like Amory, became more fully aware of his financial and social inadequacies at Princeton, where he was an outsider at first and, as a Catholic and a graduate of a not-so-prestigious preparatory school, could not gain admittance to the inner circle.
Following the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment , women gain the right to vote. 1921 Scott and Zelda spend months traveling in England, France, and Italy. They return in August to Minnesota, where Zelda gives birth to a daughter, Frances Scott (舠Scottie舡). 1922 The Beautiful and Damned, about the dissipated life of an artist and his wife, is published. Another collection of short stories, Tales of the Jazz Age, is published in September. The family moves to Great Neck, Long Island (New York).