Religion: To the Godless Poor

NUDES! NUDES! THE NUDEST SHOW IN

PARIS! THE MOST SUGGESTIVE NUDES ON

EARTH! flashes a neon sign on a certain street corner at Place Pigalle. On the sidewalk, streetwalkers nudge potential customers, and if business is slow or feet begin to hurt, they drop into a tiny cremerie for a cognac or an ice cream or a payoff to a pimp. Behind the bar is Odette.

All the prostitutes know Odette. When she is not working in the cremerie (from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.), she visits the cafes they frequent, politely ending conversation when...

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