By John Thomas
The higher Bohemia, the suitable financial institution of Paris within the Nineteen Twenties, is the atmosphere of this significant social document.Dry Martini, Thomas’s simply released novel, epitomizes the best financial institution of Paris within the early Twenties. The imperative characters are American. Mr. Quimby, a guy of wealth, dedicated to ladies, comfort, and dry martinis, has his lifestyles disappointed by means of the looks of his twenty-two-year-old daughter by way of his former spouse. Feeling he needs to “take care” of her, he contemplates the necessity to reform himself. Fortunately, he's kept by means of the looks of a tender guy who marries his daughter, and Mr. Quimby returns to his general lifestyles, his mistress, and his dry martinis. Thomas was once clean out of Yale while he arrived in Paris in 1922 headed for a literary occupation. His novel provides an image of correct financial institution existence, the hang-out of Fitzgerald, Louis Bromfield, and, later, Hemingway. Thomas spent 3 years in Paris, returning to big apple in 1925. He died within the Tuscany resort on thirty ninth road on March 12, 1932, of acute continual alcoholism.
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She seemed rather the embodiment of young simplicity. All of which had very little to do with the matter in hand. Of course, the children wanted to go out and see Page 69 Paris. " He nodded cheerfully. "Of course, I don't mind. But I can't go with you. " He couldn't, he thought, put himself in the position of being left at home while his daughter made merry. "How about this fourth party? " Here Mr. Bobby Duncan first made his presence noticeable. He stepped forward a pace and spoke, rather gruffly, with a militant assurance.
The way must be cleared for the advent of his child. There must be no stone left unturned to insure her protection from the contamination of his rather unfortunate way of life. Who else, besides Georgette, he pondered, as he turned into the Avenue de l'Opéra, should be notified of the impending alteration in his conduct? There, was to be sure, Giselle, the melancholy midinette hard by the Madeleine. Also there was Vivienneshapely, vivacious little Vivienneat the Casino de Paris. There were, he meditated shamefacedly, several Viviennes at the Page 32 Casino de Parisor at the Marigny, or at the Ambassadeurs.
We come here when we choose, we dine and wine, we pay our billthat is"(reproachfully)"I pay our billand there's an end to it. The place has no secrets for us. There is never the joy of discoveryunless it be the rare one of a new dish. We have not the sense of adventuring on uncharted seas. " remarked Freddy Fletcher. " proclaimed triumphantly Mr. Quimby. His companion turned on him a startled pair of black eyes. " he asked sharply. "Why, I mean just this: In my little daughter I have a whole new universe set before me.