Letters, Jul. 7, 1947

Mr. Stein's Teeth Are on Edge

Sir:

In TIME, May 12, there are reported words said to have been spoken by me to Samuel Putnam, in Paris. I cannot call him to mind, though I may have seen him at times in the cafés there.

"My God, Sam!" it begins. This is impossible; I don't talk like that.

It goes on: "You have no idea how dumb she is! Why, when we were at school, I used to have to do all her homework for her." All quite impossible. "I used to have to do" puts my teeth on edge. Neither "dumb" nor...

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