Page 40, “The Persuasion”
That night, I asked Tonin if I could borrow his typewriter.
darling Birdie—Much as I hate to admit that you could possibly be right about anything,
I have to tell you what’s happened with "you’re really going to like him." I’m not getting
involved, not at all, but he’s fun for now. What I can’t
figure out is why you haven’t gone after him? He’s so cute, Bird, you know that
(& by way you never mentioned ces yeux). And he’s smart. Not as smart as
The Unmentionable One but he’s got something else, not the kind of thing I’m
looking for really. He’s sweet. I’ve never met such a sweet boy. But what good
is sweet? Not very practical. But
he’s bought me flowers and two silk blouses and we’ve been dancing every night.
Crazy, man. Crazy man. This isn’t going anywhere but I have changed plans. Not going back to States until September. Please write to me at this tres cool apartment where he’s staying here in the 16e. Giving up my hotel
room. Write immediately and tell me whether you think I’m crazy and whether I
should take off before I have to hurt his feelings. I love you forever. M. (this is confused--sorry! Love you!)