The Theatre: Swords at Lunchtime

Edouard Bourdet is director of the Théâtre Français, better known as the Comédie Francaise, which is the haughtiest and most famous theatre in the world. Recently the Comédie Franchise was delighted to honor French Playwright Henry Bernstein's Judith. But not, in Bernstein's opinion, to rehearse it properly. Thereupon Bernstein naturally insulted Bourdet. Bourdet naturally challenged Bernstein to a duel. It was Bourdet's first, Bernstein's ninth.

Set for daybreak one morning last week in a Neuilly garden near Paris, the duel did not begin until lunchtime, because both swordsmen overslept. Arriving first,...

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