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The Plastic Age

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Author: Percy Marks
Published: 1924
Language: English
Wordcount: 73,646 / 213 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 922
Added to site: 2005.08.16 11405

The story of co-eds at a fictional college called Sanford. With contents that covered or implied hazing, partying, and ''petting'', the book was popular enough to be the second best-selling novel of 1924. The following year, it was adapted into a film of the same name, starring Clara Bow.

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ous intoxication again. But he failed. Carl, the college, registration--a thousand thoughts intruded themselves. Already Helen seemed far away, a little nebulous. He wondered why....


For the next few days Carl and Hugh did little but wait in line. They lined up to register; they lined up to pay tuition; they lined up to shake hands with President Culver; they lined up to talk for two quite useless minutes with the freshman dean; they lined up to be assigned seats in the commons. Carl suggested that he and Hugh line up in the study before going to bed so that they would keep in practice. Then they had to attend lectures given by various members of the faculty about college customs, college manners, college honor, college everything. After the sixth of them, Hugh, thoroughly weary and utterly confused, asked Carl if he now had any idea of what college was.

"Yes," replied Carl; "it's a young ladies' school for very nice boys."

"Well," Hugh said des



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