Hot and Cold Blood

Sevenov August 24, 2022

Hot and Cold Blood by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald | Published: August 1923

Hot and Cold Blood Synopsis

"Hot and Cold Blood" is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was first published in Hearst's International Cosmopolitan in August 1923 and later in All the Sad Young Men short story collection in 1926.

A married couple, Jim Mathers and his wife Jaqueline, are preparing for the birth of their first child. Even though they are saving money, Jim always continues to lend his money when someone is in need. To save their family from financial problems, Jaqueline tries to make him prioritize their marriage and family first.

Excerpt from Hot and Cold Blood Online Book

One day when the young Mathers had been married for about a year, Jaqueline walked into the rooms of the hardware brokerage which her husband carried on with more than average success. At the open door of the inner office she stopped and said: "Oh, excuse me—" She had interrupted an apparently trivial yet somehow intriguing scene. A young man named Bronson whom she knew slightly was standing with her husband; the latter had risen from his desk. Bronson seized her husband's hand and shook it earnestly—something more than earnestly.

A moment later he came out, passing her with a somewhat embarrassed "How do you do?" She walked into her husband's office.

About F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. He is one of the most renowned American authors of all time. He wrote classics such as The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is The Night. His works are famous for their insight into the Jazz Age – a post-World War I American period characterized by a new social sensibility and a rejection of traditional values. Fitzgerald's personal life was often tumultuous due to his struggle with alcohol abuse and his troubled marriage to Zelda Sayre. Find out more about F. Scott Fitzgerald at

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Books on PageVio

NovelsThis Side of Paradise | The Beautiful and Damned | The Great Gatsby | Tender Is the Night

Short Story CollectionsFlappers and Philosophers | Tales of the Jazz Age | All the Sad Young Men | Taps at Reveille | The Pat Hobby Stories | Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

PlaysThe Vegetable; or, From President to Postman

Here's a full list of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books.

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Word Count: 5466

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