| Quote #1
Warren, who had grown up across the street from Marjorie, had long been "crazy about her." Sometimes she seemed to reciprocate his feeling with a faint gratitude, but she had tried him by her infallible test and informed him gravely that she did not love him. Her test was that when she was away from him she forgot him and had affairs with other boys. Warren found this discouraging, especially as Marjorie had been making little trips all summer, and for the first two or three days after each arrival home he saw great heaps of mail on the Harveys' hall table addressed to her in various masculine handwritings. (8)
Interestingly, though this situation really should show us our first instance of jealousy, it doesn't – while Warren perhaps should be jealous of all of Marjorie's other boytoys, he simply isn't. This begs an important question – in this world, is jealousy an exclusively feminine trait?
| Quote #2
Bernice felt a vague pain that she was not at present engaged in being popular. She did not know that had it not been for Marjorie's campaigning she would have danced the entire evening with one man; but she knew that even in Eau Claire other girls with less position and less pulchritude were given a much bigger rush. She attributed this to something subtly unscrupulous in those girls. It had never worried her, and if it had her mother would have assured her that the other girls cheapened themselves and that men really respected girls like Bernice. (27)
This "vague pain" that Bernice feels approximates jealousy – but, as always, Bernice's feelings are somewhat clouded by confusion. After all, she can't be truly jealous if she doesn't understand the phenomenon of her own unpopularity.
| Quote #3
But perhaps the most significant symbol of her success was the gray car of the hypercritical Warren McIntyre, parked daily in front of the Harvey house. At first the parlor-maid was distinctly startled when he asked for Bernice instead of Marjorie; after a week of it she told the cook that Miss Bernice had gotta hold a Miss Marjorie's best fella.
Marjorie doesn't seem jealous – but this is a case of the lady protesting too much, wethinks. You can be sure that her claim that she doesn't care is a declaration of exactly the opposite.