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  1. Plot summary. John T. Unger, a teenager from the Mississippi River town of Hades, is sent to a private boarding school near Boston. During the summer he visits the homes of his classmates, the majority of whom are from wealthy families. In the middle of his sophomore year, a young man named Percy Washington is placed in Unger's dorm.

    • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • June 1922
  2. A story of a young man who falls in love with a rich girl and discovers her family's dark secrets. The story blends fantasy and realism, and foreshadows Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.

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    JOHN T. UNGER came from a family that had been well known in Hadesa small town on the Mississippi Riverfor several generations. John's father had held the amateur golf championship through many a heated contest; Mrs. Unger was known "from hot−box to hot−bed," as the local phrase went, for her political addresses; and young John T. Unger, who had ju...

    THE MONTANA sunset lay between two mountains like a gigantic bruise from which dark arteries spread themselves over a poisoned sky. An immense distance under the sky crouched the village of Fish, minute, dismal, and forgotten. There were twelve men, so it was said, in the village of Fish, twelve somber and inexplicable souls who sucked a lean milk ...

    MORNING. As he awoke he perceived drowsily that the room had at the same moment become dense with sunlight. The ebony panels of one wall had slid aside on a sort of track, leaving his chamber half open to the day. A large negro in a white uniform stood beside his bed. "Good−evening," muttered John, summoning his brains from the wild places. "Good−m...

    THIS IS A STORY of the Washington family as Percy sketched it for John during breakfast. The father of the present Mr. Washington had been a Virginian, a direct descendant of George Washington, and Lord Baltimore. At the close of the Civil War he was a twenty−five−year−old Colonel with a played−out plantation and about a thousand dollars in gold. F...

    JOHN STOOD facing Mr. Braddock Washington in the full sunlight. The elder man was about forty with a proud, vacuous face, intelligent eyes, and a robust figure. In the mornings he smelt of horsesthe best horses. He carried a plain walking−stick of gray birch with a single large opal for a grip. He and Percy were showing John around. "The slaves' qu...

    JULY UNDER the lee of the diamond mountain was a month of blanket nights and of warm, glowing days. John and Kismine were in love. He did not know that the little gold football (inscribed with the legend Pro deo et patria et St. Midas) which he had given her rested on a platinum chain next to her bosom. But it did. And she for her part was not awar...

    EVERY DAY Mr. Washington and the two young men went hunting or fishing in the deep forests or played golf around the somnolent coursegames which John diplomatically allowed his host to winor swam in the mountain coolness of the lake. John found Mr. Washington a somewhat exacting personalityutterly uninterested in any ideas or opinions except his ow...

    LONG AFTER midnight John's body gave a nervous jerk, and he sat suddenly upright, staring into the veils of somnolence that draped the room. Through the squares of blue darkness that were his open windows, he had heard a faint far−away sound that died upon a bed of wind before identifying itself on his memory, clouded with uneasy dreams. But the sh...

    IT WAS THREE O'CLOCK when they attained their destination. The obliging and phlegmatic Jasmine fell off to sleep immediately, leaning against the trunk of a large tree, while John and Kismine sat, his arm around her, and watched the desperate ebb and flow of the dying battle among the ruins of a vista that had been a garden spot that morning. Short...

    AT SUNSET John and his two companions reached the high cliff which had marked the boundaries of the Washingtons' dominion, and looking back found the valley tranquil and lovely in the dusk. They sat down to finish the food which Jasmine had brought with her in a basket. "There!" she said, as she spread the table−cloth and put the sandwiches in...

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  3. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, allegorical short story about lost illusions, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1922 in Tales of the Jazz Age. John T. Unger, a student at an exclusive Massachusetts prep school, befriends Percy Washington, a new classmate who boasts that his father is “the.

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  5. Loosely inspired by a summer he spent as a teenager working on a ranch in Montana, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz is Fitzgerald’s hallucinatory paean to the American West and all its...

  6. 26 de jul. de 2007 · The Diamond As Big As the Ritz. The story tells of John T. Unger, a teenager from the town of Hades, Mississippi, who was sent to a private boarding school in Boston. During the...