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Zut, and Other Parisians

Guy Wetmore Carryl

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ends that one does not debauch one's art!"

Oh, yes, they are all alike, these painters!

43 "What is serious, what is not serious?" answered Caffiard. "It is all a matter of opinion. One prefers to have his painting glued to the wall of the Salon, next the ceiling, another to have his drawing on the front page of La Blague."

"Oh, naturally La Blague," protested Pierre.

"I am its editor," said Caffiard superbly.

"Eigh!" exclaimed Pierre. For Mimi had cruelly pinched his arm. Before the sting had passed, she was seated at Caffiard's side, tugging at the strings of a great portfolio.

"Are they imbeciles, these painters, monsieur?" she was saying. "Now you shall see. This great baby is marvelous, but marvelous, with his caricatures. Not Léandre himself—it is I who assure you, monsieur!—and to hear him, one would think—but thou tirest me, Pierrot!—With his portraits! No, it is too much!". . . Read More

Community Reviews

Two French shopkeepers get into a feud involving a lovely Angora cat. The cat belongs to one of the women - but decides that it'd rather spend time at the new, fancy salon across the way - much like many customers! The cat's the only one here that's not upset by the situation.