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Full text of "Laughing Torso"

SOUTH    AGAIN

Groult, the dressmaker, and Madame Jasmy van
Dongen. They arranged a luncheon-party at the
hotel, which we went to. There were only French
people present and we had a wonderful time.
Poulenc and I found some gambling machines in the
bar of the hotel and proceeded to lose francs until
we were dragged away by F. and R. Grasse is
a dreadful place and smells of bad scent. I asked
Poulenc to sit for me, which he did, for an hour
every day. I thought that he should wear a button-
hole, and we all walked round the estate to choose
a flower of a suitable colour. The ground was
covered with wild anemones of all colours and I
chose a pinkish purple one, which looked well on a
grey-green suit. The portrait was a very good like-
ness but a drawing I did I liked better. The drawing
was reproduced in the Burlington Magazine some years
ago, with one of Auric also.
Madame Porel, the daughter-in-law of Rejane,
came to lunch one day. She was very chic and very
nice. Harry Melvill was staying in Cannes at the
time and came over frequently to see us. One day
he came to lunch and said that he had just been to
see Monsieur Patou, the dressmaker, and that Mon-
sieur Patou had been talking about the Queen. We
asked what he had said, and Harry said, " He said
that the Queen was forty-seven, and I said, c But
Monsieur Patou, the Queen must be more than
forty-seven,' and Monsieur Patou said, c I am. not
talking about her age, I am talking about her
bust.' " When Harry talked ab6ut the happenings
of the evening before, or the present time, he was
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