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LAUGHING   TORSO

stayed out three days and three nights and finally
ended in Les Halles. That is what I was told, and it
is quite possible that, after Les Halles, they took the
train to Chartres. The cathedral of Chartres and
the Palace of Versailles were two very popular
places for people who had been out for some days.
They seemed to have, especially Chartres, a curious
calming and soothing influence on them. I dined
often at the Boeuf sur le Toit, with Marie. It
was quite a small place with one room only. The
walls were quite plain with one or two photographs
of Stravinsky, Picasso, and Cocteau. At the end of
the room was a high bar with chairs where the
drinks were a little cheaper and were produced more
rapidly than if one was sitting down. All kinds of
celebrities were to be found there and, at any rate,
the first year it was a most amusing and interesting
place. Moi'se was a most charming man. He was,
of course, Jewish, but was very tall and fair and I
would not have known it if I had not known his
name. It was here that I met Erik Satie; He did
not stay often in Paris for the evening, but when he
did he brightened up any place that he was in and
was most witty and amusing. Les Six had published
a small pink paper. It was not in the form of a book
but a large sheet which folded up. In this were
published various remarks of Satie; for instance,
written sideways round the edge of the paper was
" Monsieur Ravel a refuse la legion tfhonneur, mais toute
$a musique Vaccepted Ravel had been offered the
Legion of Honour and had refused it. Satie simply
resist an opportunity to be witty and.