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- He found it impossible to study conic sections; something in their calm and tantalizing respectability breathing defiantly through Mr. Rooney's fetid parlors distorted their equations into insoluble anagrams.1.3 — The Egotist Considers (19% in)
- A small boy rushed out, sniffed in the damp, fresh air and turned up the collar of his coat; came three or four couples in a great hurry; came a further scattering of people whose eyes as they emerged glanced invariably, first at the wet street, then at the rain-filled air, finally at the dismal sky; last a dense, strolling mass that depressed him with its heavy odor compounded of the tobacco smell of the men and the fetid sensuousness of stale powder on women.2.5 — The Egotist Becomes a Personage (3% in)
- His instinct perceived the fetidness of poverty, but no longer ferreted out the deeper evils in pride and sensuality.2.5 — The Egotist Becomes a Personage (30% in)
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