Original publication[ edit ] "The Rich Boy" originally appeared in two parts, in the January and February issues of Redbook. Also many gaps had to come out of my imagination. It is frank, unsparing but sympathetic and I think you will like it—it is one of the best things I have ever done. Fitzgerald's friend the writer Ring Lardner —dedicee of All the Sad Young Men—was such an admirer he told Fitzgerald he wished he could have expanded the story to novel length.
He remembers with regret that his former life in Paris was a life of dissipation and wildly extravagant spending. Paris then was awash with Americans who had achieved almost instant wealth on the stock market.
The Paris to which Charlie returns, however, is a changed Paris, now almost empty of Americans because most of those who had lived so extravagantly had lost everything in the stock market crash of Charlie himself has come back a changed man.
He has replaced his wild, drunken sprees with the stable life of a successful businessperson who consciously takes only a single drink each day to help keep the idea of alcohol in proportion in his mind.
Marion has persisted in unfairly holding Charlie responsible for the death of his wife. Charlie and Helen had argued while dining out one night in February, and he had gone home without her, locking the door behind him, not knowing that she would arrive there an hour later, wandering about in slippers in a sudden snowstorm and too drunk to find a taxi.
As a result, Helen had barely escaped pneumonia, and Marion has never forgiven Charlie, taking the scene as typical of their turbulent life together.
Charlie fears that if he does not get his daughter soon, he will lose all of her childhood and she will learn from her aunt to hate him. He is relieved and gratified when, on an outing with him, Honoria expresses a desire to come and live with him. Charlie knows that he can win his battle with Marion if he shows her that he is now in control of his life.
She is skeptical about his even entering a bar, after his earlier extravagances, but he convinces her that his drinking is under control. Later, when he actually encounters two of these old friends, Duncan Schaeffer and Lorraine Quarrles, he realizes how far he has progressed beyond where they still are and how uncomfortable he is in their presence.
He shocks them with his sobriety and amuses them with his fatherly concern for Honoria, but they are drawn to him because he possesses a strength that they know they do not have.
Charlie, as angry as his relatives about the intrusion, rushes them out, but it is too late. The damage has been done. Marion is so upset that she retires to bed, and any further arrangements have to be postponed. The next day, Lincoln informs Charlie that they must put off any decision about Honoria for six months.
Charlie sits in a bar, disillusioned and alone, but still in control of himself as he says no to a second drink and tells himself that he will come back for Honoria some day, that they cannot keep her from him forever.Founded in , Macmillan Publishers is one of the largest global trade book publishers and home to numerous bestselling and award-winning fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, from St.
Martin’s Press, Tor Books, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Picador, Flatiron Books, Celadon Books, and Macmillan . "The Rich Boy" is a short story by American writer F.
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