LAUGHING TORSO " I think that young man looks very interesting and I should like to meet him/3 To my embarrassment she darted over to him and brought him across. He seemed very shy and did not say very much. Zad- kine came in later and asked us all back to his studio. Beatrice, I, and the young man went along. Zadkine had a studio in the Rue Rousselet. The young man and I sat on the roof among the chimney-pots until the morning. I thought him very interesting and romantic. We afterwards went and sat in a cafe opposite the Gare Montparnasse. The young man said his name was Edgar. He would not disclose his surname. He said that he was a Norwegian and understood Scandinavian, but refused to speak it. He talked perfect French and German. I was very much intrigued with him. He appeared to be always broke and said that he lived in La Ruche, near the Porte de Versailles. He talked of the wonderful furniture and library that he had there. I was not asked to visit him. One evening he came back to my studio in the Boulevard Edgar Quinet. He stayed there with me. There was a small window very high up near the roof, and every night a black cat would jump up from the roof outside and sit there. When the moon was full it rose just behind the cat and silhouetted it. The evening he came the cat appeared, and seeing that I was not alone, vanished, and never came back again. The young man appeared to be a complete mystery. I was by this time desperately in love with him. Whether he liked me or not I have never ';v'^:-.:;!>^---.;-V../-.-.-. 7° •- .. -.-.• ' •'.