"You've made a monkey of me!" One more would ruin me—ruin anybody. "I am eighteen," he repeated. Fitzgerald shows Benjamin to be as susceptible to sociocultural expectations as all the other main characters in the story. "Oh, I'm not so sure of that," he said. "Talk sense!" The first edition of the novel was published in May 27th 1922, and was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. You'll find the youths' department in the next aisle. His sparse hair was almost white, and from his chin dripped a long smoke–coloured beard, which waved absurdly back and forth, fanned by the breeze coming in at the window. She was a woman of forty now, with a faint skirmish line of gray hairs in her head. He wept and Roscoe had reluctantly relented. ", "I'm not boasting," he asserted uncomfortably. He thanked her and walked away—staggered away. She appeared annoyed, and he wondered if she had at last discovered that there was something amiss. You're simply stubborn. Men ran hatless out of classes, the football team abandoned its practice and joined the mob, professors' wives with bonnets awry and bustles out of position, ran shouting after the procession, from which proceeded a continual succession of remarks aimed at the tender sensibilities of Benjamin Button. But his success was largely due to the fact that in the football game with Yale he played so brilliantly, with so much dash and with such a cold, remorseless anger that he scored seven touchdowns and fourteen field goals for Harvard, and caused one entire eleven of Yale men to be carried singly from the field, unconscious. "You come along with me," said the colonel with a peculiar look. ", "You're wrong. He longed passionately to be fifty. December 09, 2020. "Want to play soldier, sonny?" The old man looked placidly from one to the other for a moment, and then suddenly spoke in a cracked and ancient voice. "Never you mind how funny you look. They pulled up behind a handsome brougham whose passengers were disembarking at the door. Vernon Place, so you know I'm good for it. Their curling brown whiskers aroused in him a feeling equivalent to indigestion. He went in for dancing: in 1906 he was an expert at "The Boston," and in 1908 he was considered proficient at the "Maxine," while in 1909 his "Castle Walk" was the envy of every young man in town. And here we come to an unpleasant subject which it will be well to pass over as quickly as possible. The nurse regained control of herself, and threw Mr. Button a look of hearty contempt. Available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook. Never a party of any kind in the city of Baltimore but he was there, dancing with the prettiest of the young married women, chatting with the most popular of the debutantes, and finding their company charming, while his wife, a dowager of evil omen, sat among the chaperons, now in haughty disapproval, and now following him with solemn, puzzled, and reproachful eyes. "I don't know," he answered harshly. It began to be a pleasure to rise in the morning, to walk with an active step along the busy, sunny street, to work untiringly with his shipments of hammers and his cargoes of nails. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories (Book with MP3 Audio CD) Pearson Active Readers Level 3 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories (Book with MP3 Audio CD) Media > Books > Non-Fiction > Education Books Available Now [Click to … ", "I'm not going to argue with you," she retorted. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. The girl was slender and frail, with hair that was ashen under the moon and honey–coloured under the sputtering gas–lamps of the porch. "He thought this was the old men's home.". Roscoe took them both to kindergarten on the same day, and Benjamin found that playing with little strips of coloured paper, making mats and chains and curious and beautiful designs, was the most fascinating game in the world. I personally thought it was really interesting how the author portrayed the end of Benjamin's life similar to that of an old man's life and the backward emotional development that took a toll on the life of people around Benjamin. At that time Hildegarde was a woman of thirty–five, with a son, Roscoe, fourteen years old. Outrageous!" Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories … The interval until the time for his turn should arrive dragged itself out interminably. Roger Button was now fifty, and he and his son were more and more companionable—in fact, since Benjamin had ceased to dye his hair (which was still grayish) they appeared about the same age, and could have passed for brothers. "What'll I do? "Say," he remarked, "where you goin' with the general's duds, sonny?". Good–bye!". ... "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," reflects his preoccupation with life's fleeting nature. But a frantic inspection of the boys' department revealed no suits to fit the new–born Button. Revealing the breadth of F. Scott Fitzgerald's gift for the short story form, this Penguin Classics edition of The Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories spans multiple genres and styles to dazzling effect.. Full grown with a long, smoke-coloured beard, requiring the services of a cane and fonder of cigars than warm milk, Benjamin Button is a very curious baby indeed. He went back a third year to the kindergarten, but he was too little now to understand what the bright shining strips of paper were for. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald is #3 on my Classics I Need to Re-read in 2016 list. Come along." "I want to buy some clothes for my child.". repeated Mr. Button incredulously. "I'm Mr. Button," he managed to articulate. cried Doctor Keene in a perfect passion of irritation," I'll ask you to go and see for yourself. "It doesn't seem like a joke to us," replied the nurse severely. With his business influence he obtained a commission as captain, and proved so adaptable to the work that he was made a major, and finally a lieutenant–colonel just in time to participate in the celebrated charge up San Juan Hill. At the outbreak of the Spanish–American War in 1898 his home had for him so little charm that he decided to join the army. There were no troublesome memories in his childish sleep; no token came to him of his brave days at college, of the glittering years when he flustered the hearts of many girls. You can also read the full text online using our. This document was downloaded from Lit2Go, a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format published by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. "Well, go, then," replied Roscoe shortly. This has gone too far to be a joke. In 1880 Benjamin Button was twenty years old, and he signalised his birthday by going to work for his father in Roger Button & Co., Wholesale Hardware. His clothes did not conceal this, nor did the clipping and dyeing of his eyebrows disguise the fact that the eyes under—were faded and watery and tired. It would be rude to contradict a lady; it would be criminal to mar this exquisite occasion with the grotesque story of his origin. Against such a stubbornness Mr. Button's efforts were of little avail. He made no touchdowns—indeed, he was retained on the team chiefly in hope that his enormous reputation would bring terror and disorganisation to the Yale team. But, as the years passed, her honey–coloured hair became an unexciting brown, the blue enamel of her eyes assumed the aspect of cheap crockery—moreover, and, most of all, she had become too settled in her ways, too placid, too content, too anaemic in her excitements, and too sober in her taste. The registrar eyed him wearily. Tales of the Jazz Age (Lit2Go Edition). he said aloud. Benjamin's discontent waxed stronger. ", Mr. Button, sank down upon a chair near his son and concealed his face in his hands. It was typical of his growing enthusiasm for pleasure that he was the first man in the city of Baltimore to own and run an automobile. When there were people there the old ladies would cluck at him, which interested him, and the young ladies would try to kiss him, which he submitted to with mild boredom. he said briskly. But he found himself thinking persistently about the war. "Well——" He hesitated. "Come to attention!" Later, perhaps. But, despite all his father's efforts, Benjamin refused to be interested. "I can't tell you exactly who I am," replied the querulous whine, "because I've only been born a few hours—but my last name is certainly Button. "Look!" "How old did you say that boy of yours was?" "See here," the old man announced suddenly, "if you think I'm going to walk home in this blanket, you're entirely mistaken. said Doctor Keene sharply, He appeared somewhat irritated. ", "Look at the infant prodigy!" ", She pointed the direction, and Mr. Button, bathed in cool perspiration, turned falteringly, and began to mount to the second floor. Men of your age know how to appreciate women. In 1920 Roscoe Button's first child was born. In fact, the baby–nurse who had been engaged in advance left the house after one look, in a state of considerable indignation. Fitzgerald, F. (1922). He loved to take a big cane from the hat–rack and go around hitting chairs and tables with it and saying: "Fight, fight, fight." A nurse was sitting behind a desk in the opaque gloom of the hall. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories (Penguin Classics) - Kindle edition by Fitzgerald, F., Patrick O'Donnell, O'Donnell, Patrick, O'Donnell, Patrick. ", Mr. Button grunted. "Where'd you get this?" The Curious Case of Benjamin Button F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University, which he left in 1917 to join the army. A grotesque picture formed itself with dreadful clarity before the eyes of the tortured man—a picture of himself walking through the crowded streets of the city with this appalling apparition stalking by his side. One night in August they got into the phaeton attired in their full–dress suits and drove out to a dance at the Shevlins' country house, situated just outside of Baltimore. Strange to say, in his third or junior year he was scarcely able to "make" the team. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 64 pages and is available in Paperback format. They had forgotten—as people inevitably forget—that back in 1880 their mammas and papas had also remarked about this same ill–matched pair. However, every one agreed with General Moncrief that it was "criminal" for a lovely girl who could have married any beau in Baltimore to throw herself into the arms of a man who was assuredly fifty. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions). "Are you my father?" “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages in reverse: He is born a feeble 70-year-old and becomes younger as the years progress. F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Tales of the Jazz Age, Lit2Go Edition, (1922), accessed December 09, 2020, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/224/tales-of-the-jazz-age/5770/the-curious-case-of-benjamin-button/. ", "What's the matter?" Lit2Go Edition. He would steal down the back stairs and return to the nursery with a volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica, over which he would pore through an afternoon, while his cotton cows and his Noah's ark were left neglected on the floor. He would show them! "There!" Go—up! This blanket itches. "Why, yes, I suppose so—after a fashion." When he was five he was sent to kindergarten, where he initiated into the art of pasting green paper on orange paper, of weaving coloured maps and manufacturing eternal cardboard necklaces. "You'll regret this!" Benjamin tore it open eagerly, and read the enclosure with delight. His son took the hand trustingly. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. In the fifteen years between Benjamin Button's marriage in 1880 and his father's retirement in 1895, the family fortune was doubled—and this was due largely to the younger member of the firm. But even with this improvement the ensemble fell far short of perfection. With Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond. He cried because the other boys were bigger than he, and he was afraid of them. He was not to wear his spectacles or carry a cane in the street. As long ago as 1860 it was the proper thing to be born at home. He had heard his classmates speak of St. Midas's, the famous preparatory school, at which so many of them had prepared for college, and he determined after his graduation to enter himself at St. Midas's, where the sheltered life among boys his own size would be more congenial to him. he called. Clank! And get another doctor. She rose to her feet and seemed about to fly from the hall, restraining herself only with the most apparent difficulty. Twenty–five is too wordly–wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is—oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the mellow age. But though he was welcomed in a general way there was obviously no heartiness in Roscoe's feeling toward him—there was even perceptible a tendency on his son's part to think that Benjamin, as he moped about the house in adolescent mooniness, was somewhat in the way. So many of the stories about her fiancé were false that Hildegarde refused stubbornly to believe even the true one. There was only one thing that worried Benjamin Button; his wife had ceased to attract him. "Get out," he said. We're going to ask you to take him home with you as soon as possible–some time to–day.". I want to have a cane.". But whiskers had itched and made him ashamed. "That's my age," asserted Benjamin, flushing slightly. The old man untied the package and viewed the contents with a quizzical eye. The basin clattered to the floor and rolled in the direction of the stairs. Up in his room he saw his reflection in the familiar mirror—he went closer and examined his own face with anxiety, comparing it after a moment with a photograph of himself in uniform taken just before the war. "Do you think it's anything to boast about? His eyes narrowed and he looked uneasily at his father. A rigour passed over him, blood rose into his cheeks, his forehead, and there was a steady thumping in his ears. Then he turned sharply, and without another word climbed into his phaeton, which was waiting at the curbstone, and drove severely away. There was no doubt of it—he looked now like a man of thirty. You could wear it yourself! The almost forgotten story of Benjamin's birth was remembered and sent out upon the winds of scandal in picaresque and incredible forms. He snapped the last word out in almost one syllable, then he turned away muttering: "Do you imagine a case like this will help my professional reputation? Mr. and Mrs. Roger Button were not pleased, and Benjamin's grandfather was furiously insulted. They were related to the This Family and the That Family, which, as every Southerner knew, entitled them to membership in that enormous peerage which largely populated the Confederacy. "I think we'll call you Methuselah.". "Is this some ghastly hospital joke? But when the negro boy had led the buggy away, he added: "Dad, you might introduce me to her.". https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/224/tales-of-the-jazz-age/5770/the-curious-case-of-benjamin-button/, Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Directed by David Fincher. Who are you?" ", Benjamin nodded coldly. This, of course, called for a severe spanking, but Mr. Button found that he could not bring himself to administer it. Finally a compromise was reached. "Nice way to welcome a new–born child," he complained in a weak voice. Hildegarde was now residing in Italy, so Benjamin went to live with his son, Roscoe. "Young boys are so idiotic. ", Mr. Button turned miserably away. He became known as something of a prodigy—a senior who was surely no more than sixteen—and he was often shocked at the worldliness of some of his classmates. "I'm a freshman. This collection of children's literature is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse and is funded by various grants. His true age, which was fifty–seven, would have disqualified him, anyway. "I like men of your age," Hildegarde told him. When he had first come home from Harvard, Roscoe had approached him with the proposition that he should wear eye–glasses and imitation whiskers glued to his cheeks, and it had seemed for a moment that the farce of his early years was to be repeated. Safely on board the train for Baltimore, he put his head from the window. 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These short stories offer insights into many themes, characters, and techniques that emerged in Fitzgerald's later works. At least it is, but it's for fancy dress. What—–". He swallowed uneasily at the penultimate word, feeling nevertheless that it was the proper thing to say. Mr. Button stood there upon the sidewalk, stupefied and trembling from head to foot. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories Introduction by Patrick O'Donnell Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text Acknowledgments. "My name's Button and I live on Mt. There was no mistake—he was gazing at a man of threescore and ten—a baby of threescore and ten, a baby whose feet hung over the sides of the crib in which it was reposing. The title tale, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," reflects his preoccupation with life's fleeting nature. Five years later Roscoe's little boy had grown old enough to play childish games with little Benjamin under the supervision of the same nurse. Roscoe was married now and prominent in Baltimore life, and he wanted no scandal to creep out in connection with his family. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions series) by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It looks absurd for a boy of fifteen to call me by my first name. Instead of being delighted, he was uneasy—he was growing younger. "The idea!" Find books like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories from the world’s largest community of readers. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. "This is your child, and you'll have to make the best of it. the elder Button was saying. To add to the breach, he found, as the new century gathered headway, that his thirst for gaiety grew stronger. Needless to say, Baltimore eventually received the couple to its bosom. Benjamin was to continue to dye his hair. He looked up at Mr. Button with dim, faded eyes in which lurked a puzzled question. "I got it from the Government, as you'll soon find out!" When Benjamin was eighteen he was erect as a man of fifty; he had more hair and it was of a dark gray; his step was firm, his voice had lost its cracked quaver and descended to a healthy baritone. It seemed to him that the blood flowed with new vigour through his veins. The hospital will never have a ghost of a reputation after——", "Hurry!" Here are my ratings for each story: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 5 stars Head and Shoulders - 3.5 stars The Cut-Glass Bowl - 4 stars The Four Fists - 3.5 May Day - I didn't actually finish this one. In the early days of their marriage Benjamin had worshipped her. It was in 1890 that he executed his famous business coup: he brought up the suggestion that all nails used in nailing up the boxes in which nails are shipped are the property of the shippee, a proposal which became a statute, was approved by Chief Justice Fossile, and saved Roger Button and Company, Wholesale Hardware, more than six hundred nails every year. So he nodded, smiled, listened, was happy. he cried hoarsely. he murmured, in an ecstasy of horror. ", "You can too. But Mr. Button persisted in his unwavering purpose. Over the latter waved the long whitish beard, drooping almost to the waist. What the mishap would have cost the Buttons and their kinsfolk socially cannot be determined, for the outbreak of the Civil War drew the city's attention to other things. ", The registrar frowned and glanced at a card before him. He must be twenty years younger than his wife." As this was an inane and unanswerable argument Benjamin made no reply, and from that time on a chasm began to widen between them. He brought home lead soldiers, he brought toy trains, he brought large pleasant animals made of cotton, and, to perfect the illusion which he was creating—for himself at least—he passionately demanded of the clerk in the toy–store whether "the paint would come oft the pink duck if the baby put it in his mouth." Description. "Look!" Through the noons and nights he breathed and over him there were soft mumblings and murmurings that he scarcely heard, and faintly differentiated smells, and light and darkness. "Winter Dreams," written three years before The Great Gatsby, shares the concept of commitment to an idealized dream. He was admitted, and almost immediately attained a prominent position in the class, partly because he seemed a little older than the other freshmen, whose average age was about eighteen. "I am grown," he announced determinedly. It was almost impossible not to be affected by the sheer beauty of the sky—almost. "I can't stand this!". Sometimes when other tots talked about what they would do when they grew up a shadow would cross his little face as if in a dim, childish way he realised that those were things in which he was never to share. he retorted angrily. Download The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button free in PDF & EPUB format. Benjamin, glancing in the mirror, decided that his hair needed a new application of its brown dye, but an anxious inspection of his bureau drawer disclosed that the dye bottle was not there. "Tell him he's wrong, why don't you? Over her shoulders was thrown a Spanish mantilla of softest yellow, butterflied in black; her feet were glittering buttons at the hem of her bustled dress. And then the old man would gather his blanket around him and they would plod on, past the bustling stores, the slave market—for a dark instant Mr. Button wished passionately that his son was black—past the luxurious houses of the residential district, past the home for the aged.... "Come! "Read this." ", Benjamin Button walked with dignity from the room, and half a dozen undergraduates, who were waiting in the hall, followed him curiously with their eyes. ", "I haven't got time," declared Roscoe abruptly. "Well," he said finally, "I don't know. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories (Penguin Classics) As before, the sound of the word "father" caused Mr. Button to start violently. Revealing the breadth of F. Scott Fitzgerald's gift for the short story form, this Penguin Classics edition of The Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Storiesspans multiple genres and styles to dazzling effect.Full grown with a long, smoke-coloured beard, requiring the services of a cane and fonder of cigars than warm milk, Benjamin Button is a very curious baby indeed. This book has 34 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1922. "What a pity! No one believed it. Let us know what you think in the comments below. We really can't, you know? It seemed to him that his father, in refusing to look sixty, had not behaved like a "red–blooded he–man"—this was Roscoe's favourite expression—but in a curious and perverse manner. exclaimed Roger Button, "Why, I've just covered the question of lugs.". demanded Mr. Button appalled. Whether this anachronism had any bearing upon the astonishing history I am about to set down will never be known. Descargar The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, de F Scott Fitzgerald para kindle, tablet, IPAD, PC o teléfono móvil It was a gorgeous evening. Dominoes Three The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & Other Stories Audio. Button was naturally nervous. He knew that he no longer stooped, and that his physical condition had improved since the early days of his life. "Say," he said to Roscoe one day, "I've told you over and over that I want to go to prep, school.". To a chorus of titters which went up from the group of undergraduates, Benjamin walked away. 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