SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in the general interest magazine Saturday Evening Post, it later appeared in Fitzgerald's first short story collection, Flappers and Philosophers The story begins with its young protagonist Bernice arriving for a one-month stay with her cousin Marjorie in another town.
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SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in the general interest magazine Saturday Evening Post, it later appeared in Fitzgerald's first short story collection, Flappers and Philosophers The story begins with its young protagonist Bernice arriving for a one-month stay with her cousin Marjorie in another town. Marjorie is much more social than Bernice and the newcomer struggles at first to adapt to her cousin's fast-paced, popular girl lifestyle.
When she does eventually catch up, Marjorie feels threatened and convinces Bernice to get her hair bobbed, knowing this will turn off the boys in town; though the bob was an increasingly popular hairstyle in the s, it was still edgy. Bernice retaliates by cutting off Marjorie's ponytails before leaving town.
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Bernice Bobs Her Hair
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. Late that night, after the dance has ended, Bernice overhears Marjorie and her mother, Mrs. Harvey , discussing her in private. Though Mrs.
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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.
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.