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'And then say what? Say, "Forget you're hungry, forget you got shot inna back by some racist cop - Chuck was here? Chuck come up to Harlem - '".
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Opening lines. Prologue.
At that very moment, in the very sort of Park Avenue co-op apartment that so obsessed the Mayor . . . twelve-foot ceilings . . . two wings, one for the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants who own the place and one for the help . . . Sherman McCoy was kneeling in his front hall trying to put a leash on a dachshund.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
First sentence, Chapter 1.
On Wall Street he and a few others - how many? - three hundred, four hundred, five hundred? - had become precisely that … Masters of the Universe.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Referring to bond dealer Sherman McCoy and his colleagues.
The phase pops into his head at that very instant: social X-rays … They keep themselves so thin, they look like X-ray pictures … You can see lamplight through their bones … while they're chattering about interiors and landscape gardening … and encasing their scrawny shanks in metallic Lycra tubular tights for their Sports Training classes.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
But the smile on her face was obviously genuine, altogether pleasant...a lovely smile, in fact...Still a very good-looking woman, my wife...with her fine thin features, her big clear blue eyes, her rich brown hair...But she's forty years old!...No getting around it...Today good-looking...Tomorrow they'll be talking about what a handsome woman she is...Not her fault...But not mine, either!
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called 'Being a Father' so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Bonfire of the Vanities: The 1987 first novel of American author Tom Wolfe, born March 2, 1930.


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