Bernice Bobs Her Hair
How we cite our quotes:
"There's no courtesy these days."
Mrs. Harvey's voice implied that modern situations were too much for her. When she was a girl all young ladies who belonged to nice families had glorious times. (30-31)
What poor Mrs. Harvey doesn't get is that the times, they are a-changin'. The social standards of her own youth are totally inapplicable in these modern days, in which good breeding is secondary to a good line.
There was another silence, while Marjorie considered whether or not convincing her mother was worth the trouble. People over forty can seldom be permanently convinced of anything. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. (35)
Fitzgerald tosses this little gem of wisdom into an otherwise rather flippant scene, taking this chance to take something of a potshot at the older generation. While he's certainly observed the folly of youth, he doesn't excuse their elders for their inflexibility, either.