SOUTH AGAIN had expected him to buy one at some enormous cost. Gocteau came over from Monte Carlo and joined us after lunch. I met a Frenchman I had known slightly in Paris, who had a villa and one of the most beautiful gardens in the South of France. He lived on a hill above Cap Martin. He asked me to lunch. I mentioned, at luncheon one day, the name of the man, and a French woman present said, " How odd! I and my husband are lunching with him the same day; will you come along with us in our motor? " We started the next day, and as we were driving through Monte Carlo we saw Cocteau. We waved to him and he came and spoke to us. As he smiled we noticed that his gums were bright red. As we drove on the Frenchwoman said, " Tiens! il a ses gencives peintes " (his gums are painted). I said, " I wonder what he has done to them? " Coc- teau was always finding new stunts and jokes to as- tound the bourgeois. He was going to lunch at a large hotel and we wondered what the effect would be on the guests. I told F., who was very interested, but we did not mention it to anyone else, knowing that repeating things leads to trouble of every kind. Unfortunately, the Frenchwoman repeated this in- cident to Harry Melvill, who did not get on at all well with Jean. They both liked talking all the time and consequently it was very awkward when they were both at a rather small party together. Harry was delighted" and told everyone. We went to Villefranche one day to see Cocteau and Georges Auric, who were staying there. There we found •'. " .. ..Y •-. • .-;"-• $19 '•••••'••• '•"-"' " '":'':"V:v;'