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F. Scott Fitzgerald. Magnificent Joy. Porcelain and Pink. “And do you write for any other magazines?” inquired the young lady. “Oh, yes,” I assured her, “I’ve had some stories and plays in the ‘Smart Set,’ for instance—”

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f scott fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Magnificent Joy

Porcelain and Pink

“And do you write for any other magazines?” inquired the young lady.

“Oh, yes,” I assured her, “I’ve had some stories and plays in the ‘Smart Set,’ for instance—”

“The ‘Smart Set’! How can you? Why, they publish stuff about girls in blue bathtubs, and silly things like that.”



Content of the play?

The author?

And Pink

F. Scott Fitzgerald


Please note that there is a first person narrator in the STAGE directions. Who is this person?

How is this technique modern?

  • The Narrator
    • “…but frankly it fascinates me. I could continue indefinitely, but I am distracted by one of the two objects in the room…” What person?
2 objects in the room
2 objects in the room

Object 2

“You begin to suspect the plot?”

Object 1

Who is you?

so what does the scene look like
So…what does the scene look like?

“…it lets in much sunshine, but effectually prevents any one who looks in from seeing the bath-tub.”

“One thing more—above and to the right of the bath-tub is a window.”



“the startled gasp of the audience quite drowns out the first half…”

Why does the audience gasp?


Disillusionment of old values


“Yes, you’ve guessed it. Mistaken identity is the old rusty pivot upon which the plot turns.”

“…dressed but carrying garments and towels. LOIS is a year older than JULIE and is nearly her double in face and voice, but in her clothes and expression are the marks of the conservative.”

Second person again! Did you guess it as he says or did you think it after he said it? Why is this an important distinction?




  • How old is she?
  • Where is she at?
  • What did she forget?
  • Why is this important?
  • How old is she?
  • What does she have with her?
  • What does she ask?
  • What are her plans?

Whimsical, Carefree, impulsive, “Modern”

Conservative, concerned, moral values, “Modern?”

young man mr calkins
Young ManMr. Calkins

“Yes, you’ve guessed it. Mistaken identity is the old rusty pivot upon which the plot turns.”

“decorated with a slim mustache and sympathetic eyes. These last stare, and though they can see nothing but many fishermen with nets and much crimson ocean”

jumping cats

Jumping cats!





Goodness gracious!

Gee Wiz!


THE YOUNG MAN: What color are you wearing?

JULIE: (After a critical survey of her shoulders) Why, I guess it’s a sort of pinkish white.

THE YOUNG MAN: Is it becoming to you?

JULIE: …this was a birthday present and I sort of have to wear it.

THE YOUNG MAN: Pinkish-white. Well I’ll bet it’s divine. Is it in style?

JULIE: Quite. It’s very simple, standard model .

What’s the scandal?

lois reaction
Lois’ Reaction

How does this show the 1920s are a time of changing morality?



Where does the title come from?

And Pink

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Which character do you relate to the most?  
  • What is one question you would ask the author?
  • Assume that this piece of literature reflects the author’s personality and beliefs. What conclusions do you draw about him?
group work
Group work

Round 1—Creating a slang dictionary

Round 2—Applying the slang language to the reading

Round 3—Analyzing the characters and elements of modernism

Round 4—Creating a dialogue

round 1 creating a slang dictionary
Round 1—Creating a slang dictionary

First entry: Jumping Cats!

Part of speech: adj./noun exclamatory

Definition: An exclamation of surprise

Jumping Cats! Julie exclaimed as an unknown male voice interrupted her peaceful bath.


Using your folded paper, create a modernism dictionary of slang (1920s) that will be useful throughout our modernism unit. Each page must have 3 slang words, with part of speech, definition, and a sentence. If you draw pictures, you’ll get extra credit!

round 2 applying the slang language to the reading
Round 2—Applying the slang language to the reading

Re-read Porcelain and Pink and fill out the chart on page 3 of your packet

round 4 creating a dialogue
Round 4—Creating a dialogue

Using your dictionary, you want to create a dialogue between YOU, the character and the author. Use what you have deduced about the author in the introduction and stage directions to make the dialogue character driven. Make sure you use 1920’s slang, your slang and interactions between yourselves and the characters. Your dialogue should be at least 1 page. Be creative, and use ACTIVE verbs, GOOD modifiers, and NON-WORDY sentences but remember to keep it school appropriate. (You should start it as a GROUP—but keep in mind that it may become HOMEWORK to finish so you ALL need to write the dialogue)