By Iris Owens
Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude, “the French rat.” That no less than is how Harriet sees issues, no matter if it’s Claude who has simply requested Harriet to depart his Greenwich Village house. good, a technique or one other she has no purpose of leaving. on the contrary, she is going to remain and designated revenge—or may have if Claude had no longer had her unceremoniously evicted. nonetheless, although moved out, Harriet isn't approximately to maneuver on. no longer whatsoever. Girlfriends circle round to patronize and propose, yet Harriet in basic terms takes offense, and it’s effortless to appreciate why. simply because mad and maddening as she should be, Harriet sees previous the well mannered platitudes that everybody else is content material to spout and reside through. She is an unblinkered, unbuttoned, unrelenting, and specially bitingly humorous prophetess of all that's mistaken with women’s lives and hearts—until, in a shock twist, she unearths a savior in a dismal room on the Chelsea inn.
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I made myself a roast-beef sandwich with one slice of rye bread and folded the tidbit into my mouth. Claude followed the action as if I were a boa constrictor swallowing a pig. ” I adjusted my robe. “So tell me what was so inspiring about that movie? ” Claude sighed. “Stop sighing. What terrible thing am I doing to you? ” “You don’t need me for that. ; Because, if so, I feel obliged to tell you that it seems to me I spend close to one hundred percent of my time asking you what you think about things and getting grunts for answers.
I followed him into the bedroom. ” “Your mastery of English is astounding. Not only your vocabulary, since any dummy can memorize lists of words, but you never even have to think when you talk. It just spouts out. That’s what I call learning a language. ” “Go get me a cup of coffee. ” “Really, you silly. ” I went tripping to the kitchen to do my Gunga Din number. ” I cheerfully handed him the chipped mug. Claude eyed the bentwood. ” “Who cares about shirts? ” “Forget your pig career for one minute.
Exchange ideas? Never, and certainly not with that brain damaged segment of the population called women. “Speaking of women,” I moved in closer to facilitate face reading, “how’d you like Mary? Wasn’t she swell? So quiet, so sad, so refined. Never pushing Jesus to become a dentist, make something of himself. ” Claude’s reply came through his perfect, white, clenched teeth. ” A request which was declined, not by me but by the driver, who slammed on his brakes in order to avoid hitting a station wagon that had cravenly stopped for a red light.