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Once he had learned, through his writing, to possess their ‘inner attention’, he ‘would always be there’. The steps towards attaining this goal, ‘a long hard time’, ‘numberless new starts’ (Collected Short Stories 500) and the formation of the sensibility that made it possible, as well as a recognition that art cannot exist without sacrifice (‘The Captured Shadow’), are traced in the Basil Duke Lee stories, written between March 1928 and February 1929. Like other stories from this period, ‘A Short Trip Home’ contains material that was incorporated into Tender Is the Night.
Henry Clay Marston learns to swim and gains a new confidence in himself just at the time when his marital problems reach a crisis. As was true of his treatment of football in ‘The Bowl’ and ‘Basil and Cleopatra’, Fitzgerald is interested in the technicalities of swimming. 3 Henry favours the crawl, and even the little-known trudgen, both strokes that require a mastery of breathing, over what he considers ‘an obsolete device that lingered on with the inept and the old’ (500). Swimming figures prominently in Tender Is the Night, and when Dick can no longer compete in water sports, it is clear that his decline is irreversible.
25 argue that a cynical subtext suggests a problematical view of the transatlantic question. The overblown burst of patriotic rhetoric at the end of the story sounds odd from a cuckolded and materialistic banker who chooses to live abroad, and may be a parody of Thomas Wolfe, whose emotional style Fitzgerald characterized in a letter to Scottie as ‘maudlin and inaccurate’. He added, ‘The stuff about the GREAT VITAL HEART OF AMERICA is just corny’ (Turnbull 97). The often extolled American ‘willingness of the heart’ (512) could be read as a naïve willingness to die, for it is associated with ‘graves at Shiloh’ and ‘country boys dying in the Argonne for a phrase that was empty before their bodies withered’.