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Bernice Bobs Her Hair
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Marjorie Harvey Timeline and Summary
Marjorie asks Warren to dance with Bernice. At home, Marjorie (not knowing she's being overheard) complains to her mother about boring Bernice. Marjorie responds coldly to Bernice's accusations, criticizes her bluntly, and tells her cousin she might as well go home. Bernice flounces off. Bernice comes down and the cousins have a second argument, in which Marjorie derides the idea of the "womanly woman" (56). Marjorie, unperturbed, goes on an afternoon date after her two blowouts with Bernice. When Marjorie returns, Bernice submits to being made over by her cousin, inside and out. Marjorie begins popularity boot camp right away. After Bernice's social re-debut, Marjorie touches base with her – the makeover is a success. Marjorie claims that Bernice and Warren's relationship doesn't matter to her. Marjorie coldly confronts Bernice, telling her that Warren doesn't really care about her. At the bridge party, Marjorie outs Bernice, telling everyone that she won't ever really bob her hair. Marjorie taunts Bernice in front of everyone else. After the haircut, Marjorie triumphantly reclaims Warren, asking him to take her to run some errands. The pair desert Bernice. Marjorie disingenuously apologizes for goading Bernice into bobbing her hair; while she's doing it, she smugly braids her own long, golden locks. The sleeping Marjorie unknowingly receives a horrible haircut of her own.