I know, I know, another two-post day, but I’m reading Anita Loos’ brilliant Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (finishing up a thematic trilogy that includes Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado and Irmgard Keun’s The Artificial Silk Girl), and I’ve been thinking about this quotation all day.
“And when a girl walks around and reads all of the signs with all of the famous historical names it really makes you hold your breath. Because when Dorothy and I went on a walk, we only walked a few blocks but in only a few blocks we read all of the famous historical names, like Coty and Cartier and I knew we were seeing something educational at last and our whole trip was not a failure. I mean I really try to make Dorothy get educated and have reverance. So when we stood at the corner of a place called the Place Vandome, if you turn your back on a monument they have in the middle and look up, you can see none other than Coty’s sign. So I said to Dorothy, does it not really give you a thrill to realize that this is the historical spot where Mr. Coty makes all the perfume? So then Dorothy said that she supposed Mr. Coty came to Paris and he smelled Paris and he realized that something had to be done. So Dorothy will never really have any reverance.”
Tee hee. Bonne nuit, Internet!