LAUGHING TORSO I met, about this time. Ford Madox Ford. I had read his books and admired them very much. He talked a great deal and so well that nobody else wanted to, or felt that they could, say anything interesting. He told stories very well indeed. He had most amusing stories about the time that he was in the Welsh Regiment. He learnt to speak Welsh, as many of the soldiers could not speak English. He and Stella bought some of my drawings and were very kind to me. I met Gertrude Stein at his house. I had been taken to her studio once in 1914 by Charles Winzer to see her pictures. She was one of the first people to discover Picasso and had a fine collection of his early blue-and-pink pictures. She had a magnificent portrait of herself by him. She was, when I met her again, writing her book, the Making of Americans. I never read the whole of it, but read parts of it in the Transatlantic Review > which Ford published later in Paris. I read one chapter on marriage, which I thought a very remarkable piece of writing, and hope to read the whole book one day. I spent in Paris, afterwards, every Christ- mas Day, with Ford and Stella. We had Christmas lunch in the Boulevard Montparnasse, at a restaurant called, "Le Megre de Toulouse" Ford had a small daughter, and in the afternoon there was a children's tea-party, with a Christmas tree and a real Father Christmas. Ford dressed up as le pere Noel. He looked magnificent as he was very tall. He wore a red cloak with cotton wool representing fur, and a red hood, and large white beard. He appeared with a large sack and spoke French, as nearly all the ,'::."vV'"'- •'•' • 188 •:/':''"..:,;::';:;::-^-.