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C’est sans doute la raison pour laquelle je me suis si facilement habitue´ ici a` vivre a` la campagne, ce que je n’aurais jamais cru possible auparavant. Les villes vous font connaıˆtre ici toutes les horreurs de la civilisation: on prend le me´tro, et on y est serre´ comme un anchois, avec une odeur qui ne doit pas eˆtre tre`s diffe´rente de celle qui s’exhale des boıˆtes d’anchois. Mais les anchois dans cette situation ont sur nous l’avantage d’eˆtre morts et de ne rien sentir. Quant aux autos, on est arrive´ au point ou` il y en a tant que c’est de l’avis ge´ne´ral, le mode de locomotion le plus lent dans les villes.

Included), & 200 francs for the index. I will do it with the greatest care & get it revised as I did for Attis. 400 frs. Whom shall I give the MS. to? At what date? & whom shall I be paid by? Excuse my insisting on such financial details: The 1920s the financial question is getting more & more important in my life & everything is determined by it. I do not know Geuthner. I never had the opportunity to meet him. I might go & call on him one of these days or write to him first to have an appointment.

Tu n’as de´cide´ment pas encore abandonne´ l’ide´e de ta moto. A vrai dire, je ne vois pas trop ce que tu en ferais; d’autant plus, qu’une fois la moto paye´e, il te faut casquer pour l’essence, l’entretien, le garage, les re´parations, les veˆtements que tu esquintes quand tu t’en sers, et meˆme je crois un impoˆt. Tu ferais mieux de placer tes 600 balles qui a` 5% te feraient de´ja` 30 francs par an d’inte´reˆt. Quant a` mes 3000 frs dont tu parles encore, il y a longtemps qu’ils ont e´te´ convertis en livres sterling 9 10 Henri Peyre et de´pense´s comme telles, surtout pendant les vacances de Janvier.

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