The Press: Anastasie

When a Frenchman, over his hot brioches and chocolate, unfolds his morning paper to stare at gaping columns of white space, he shrugs and murmurs philosophically : "Anastasie!" A haggard, black-gowned, crotchety old maid, armed with an immense pair of shears, Anastasie is a characteristic creation of Gallic wit. She personifies the tightlipped, prudish silence clamped on the French press in wartime.

A veteran of World War I (named after St. Anastasia, who had her tongue cut out for resisting the advances of Roman Emperor Valerian), Anastasie was revived by a French satirical weekly,...

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