BACK TO PARIS AND CELEBRITIES himself by, I think, nearly every celebrated artist in France. We had tea and everyone talked a great deal I had been taken by Marie Beerbohm to a restaurant in the Rue Duphot, called. La Cigogne, and was kept by Moise, an Alsatian, and specialized in foie gras de Strasbourg and hock. Lady Gunard, Stravinsky and all "Les Six" went there very often and, after dinner, they played the piano and danced. I did not know Lady Gunard at this time but I knew her daughter Nancy, whom I had met in London. Jean Cocteau and Raymond Radiguet dined there every night. It was a very nice, warm, and comfortable place and ihtfoie gras was perfect. One day I met a friend of B.'s, who had been at Oxford. He introduced me to a tall and very good-looking young man, who was a great athlete, and had been the champion long- jumper of Oxford. He was six feet-four and asked me out to dinner. He spoke French very well, which is always a great help in Paris, and saved me the trouble of talking to the waiters. I sug- gested that we should eat at the Cigogne. As we got out of our taxi we saw Jean Cocteau also getting out of a taxi. I said, " I would like you to meet my friend, who is an athlete." Cocteau said, "Ewhanti; f adore les athletes" My friend and I had dinner and Cocteau joined us afterwards for coffee. We had a very amusing conversation, as Ctocteau can talk marvellously and is not at all a snob and will talk brilliantly to anyone whom he finds sympathetic. I asked the athlete if I could paint his portrait. He lived in a very small • ' ' ; 19* ''""'":"'" "' ' "•"