LAUGHING TORSO a well-dressed young Englishman who had just left Oxford. He came along. He looked so respectable that we made him dance a tango with La fille. I think he felt that he really was starting out on a career of adventure. Pascin suggested that we should remove the negresses' clothes. We ap- proached one and induced her to remove her dress. She wore purple cotton underclothes and looked so dreadful that we urged her to replace it. Parties in Paris are always supposed to be so wicked and immoral, but I can't say that I have ever, during the whole of my career, seen or taken part in any- thing worse than I have so far described. It is true that I have been asked to places where I suspected that things would get rather rough and so have refused. Pascin asked me to sit for him. He did a portrait of me which he did not like and, I think, destroyed it. One day I was dining in Montmartre with him and some of his German friends. After dinner we were sitting in a cafe drinking coffee and he was talking about Les Belles Poules, and how he had done many drawings there. I said, " What kind of place is that? " He said, " C'est un b or del: est-ce que vous n'avezjamais et£ Id? " I had to confess that I had not. He said, " Then we will go now. We will go back to my studio and get some paper and pencils and spend the evening drawing the girls/5 The Belles Poules is near the Boulevard Sebasto- pol and we went down a long passage. The a most evil-looking old lady, exactly " -.-,"' '370-' - -,.' = '; :.-/' ' :-. '.