23 February 1921

23 February 1921

Villa Isola Bella, Menton, France

       But this was too much for the hostess. She ran to the rescue of the Cabinet Minister. You must come - you must come & see my asparagus, she pleaded. It's so wonderful this year. The Cabinet Minister was delighted & away they wandered. Then the little lady with the fan tinkled with laughter. Do - do look at his trousers, she cried. They are just like crackers - chinese crackers after a funeral. If only the ends were cut into fringes!

The couple in the cane chairs stirred, too.

Do you care - he murmured.

I should like to, murmured she & they too wandered away across the brilliant green lawn. I wonder what they are saying about me, said the tall man gloomily. The pearl lady opened her grey sunshade & smiled faintly.

It's quite hot, said she. At her words he put his hand to his head with a look of alarm. Hot! My God, so it is! Do you mind waiting here for a moment while I get my hat? And he said something about the heat being fatal as he strode away.     

[KM Notebooks, undated.]