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Full text of "Laughing Torso"

BACK   TO    PARIS    AND    CELEBRITIES
I met James Joyce one day; Ford introduced me
to him.   He was a most charming man and had a
most beautifully proportioned head.    I asked him
if I could do a painting of him.    He said that I
could, but I sent telegrams to him and he sent
telegrams to me, and all of them arrived too late or
too early and so I never painted him at all.    He
dined every evening at the Trianon and one evening
I did a drawing of him when I was sitting at another
table and he did not know that I was doing-it.   It
was a very good likeness and I believe was repro-
duced in an American paper.   The drawing is un-
fortunately lost and I never got paid for it.   I met
him and his wife whenever I went to the Trianon
which, alas, was not often as it was rather expensive.
Joyce is the most respectable and old-fashioned
man that I have ever met.   He also has the most
beautiful manners, which is a pleasant change from
most of the modern young men.   He has a most
charming voice and occasionally will sing.   I think
he is a little older than I am, but we were discussing
old-fashioned songs one evening,  " Daisy, Daisy,
give me your answer, do," and others of the same
kind and I said, " Did you see many years ago a
show that was a kind of Magic Lantern show with a
ship going down? The ship was attached to the
screen and heaved up and down and voices sang a
song called, Til stick to the ship, boys, you save
your lives '? "  It was|a tragic story of a ship that
sank and the Captain|stuck to his ship because he
was a bachelor and the crew had wives and families.
Joyce remembered it aad knew the whole song.   I