December 19th, 2011

Dalyrimple Goes Wrong by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a short story about Bryan Dalyrimple.  Bryan returns to his home town after serving in the army during World War I.  He fought the Germans in Europe, became a lieutenant and was welcomed home as a hero.  His father died while he was fighting in Europe and Bryan found that his father had not left him any money or assets.  Bryan waits a long time and finally he realizes he has to find employment because he is very low in funds.  He finds a job at the largest wholesale grocery business in town owned by Theron G. Macy.  Since Bryan had little education and no experience he was given the lowly job of learning the stock.  Bryan was unhappy with his job for several reasons.  His pay was low, he was bossed around and was not given any chances of advancement that he was promised when he took the job.  He is angry because he believes he deserves better and he needs  more money to meet his expenses.

His crime spree begins when he mugs a man on the street and robs him of his belongings.  He next broke into a house and burglarized it.  Bryan commits three crimes although the newspapers say five.   With more money now and a feeling of accomplishment at not being caught by the police, Bryan Dalyrimple’s entire attitude changes.  He is no longer angry at his employer or his co-workers and he is making plans to pack up and move to either France or South America.

Then suddenly everything changed!!  Mr. Macy invites him to visit the home of Alfred J. Fraser.  With great trepidation Bryan went, frightened and insecure, because Mr. Fraser was one of the most influential men in town.  After a pleasant conversation and several questions, Mr. Fraser told him that he was going to put him in the State Senate because of his conscientiousness and good work that he performs for Mr. Macy.  Mr. Fraser explains that he was finished with his work and he would coach and help Bryan every step of the way.  When Mr. Macy arrives and congratulates  Bryan, tears sprang to Bryan’s eyes.

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