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LAU GHING    TORSO

gipsy tunes and dances, which made one want to
dance. A Spaniard one day became very angry
with him and wanted revenge. It was not a very
serious quarrel and the Spaniard decided to have a
little fun and a quiet revenge at the same time. He
explained to Fabian that his eyesight was weak and
that he ought to see an oculist. They went off
together and found one. The oculist showed
Fabian some printed words in quite small print and
said, " Can you read that?" And Fabian said,
" No." He then showed him some larger print and
Fabian again said, "No!33 After showing him
some larger and larger print poor Fabian had to
confess that he could neither read nor write. This,
of course, the Spaniard knew already and went
home quite satisfied. There was another Spaniard
who came often, before the War, to Hunt Diederich3s
studio. He was the laziest man I had ever met. He
did admirable woodcuts. I think he had done
about three in ten years. One day he was sitting
in the studio with his guitar and Hunt gave him
some money to go out and buy a bottle of wine. He
was so lazy that he could not even do that. He was
painted by Modigliani, a very fine portrait and like-
ness. He was trying to sell it in 1920 for four
hundred francs, Alas! I could not find the four
hundred francs.
At this time, 1920, Nancy Gunard, Marie Beer-
bohm, T. W. Earp, Iris Tree and Evan Morgan, and
several other English people were in Paris and we
had wonderful parties at Charlie Winzer3s flat.
Some more English arrived and found that the
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