FRANCE: The Quiet Man

FRANCE The Ouiet Man

/ knew a man once did a girl in

Any man might do a girl in

Any man has to, needs to, wants to

Once in a lifetime, do a girl in.

Well he kept her there in a bath

With a gallon of Lysol in a bath . . .

Nobody came,

And nobody went

But he took in the milk and he paid

the rent.

—T. S. Eliot's Fragment of an Agon

Like Eliot's Anyman, Charles Clé, at 61, began to have mordant thoughts about Félicie Crippa, who had been his mistress for 13 years. A soap and perfume salesman, Clé lived with Félicie in a...

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