The Wrong Set: And Other Stories

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SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE

"I suppose," said Chris Loveridge, "that no people understand these matters as well as the French," and since his fellow firewatchers were quite unable to escape from his company, they supposed so too.

"They are," he went on, "the only really adult race. They have none of the Anglo-Saxon's lunatic notion that it is somehow sinful or disgraceful to learn love-making as one would any other art. Any boy of good family is expected to take a mistress by the time he is eighteen and these women have a respected place in society. They are often clever, talented women, and they regard their job of instructing young men in the art of love-making with proper seriousness. The experience a young man may have with an older woman in this way is often highly significant."

Jeremy wondered how many more such evenings they would have to endure before a wisely directed bomb removed Chris Loveridge from their midst. Experience with an older woman, indeed; he wondered what Loveridge would do if he told him the story of his affaire with Prue in the summer of 1936; and yet, in a way, it had been significant.

It was so cool inside the patisserie that Jeremy would gladly have stayed on there for ever. Every afternoon of his holiday he had sat there while Prue was "lying down" at the hotel,

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  • Fresh Air Fiend 3
  • Totentanz 20
  • Union Reunion 44
  • Saturnalia 68
  • Realpolitik 80
  • A Story Of Historical Interest 90
  • The Wrong Set 113
  • Crazy Crowd 124
  • A Visit In Bad Taste 148
  • Raspberry Jam 157
  • Significant Experience 178
  • Mother's Sense Of Fun 201
  • Et Dona Ferentes 219
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