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201 pages, Paperback
First published December 1, 1933
Nick: "I was hoping I wouldn't have to tell you. Dorothy is really my daughter. I didn't know what I was doing, Nora. It was spring in Venice and I was so young and there was a moon over the..."
Nora: "You're a Greek louse."
A comment on another guest, on leaving a party: "God, he's a handsome guy..."
"I love you, Nicky, because you smell nice and know such fascinating people."
Nick: "[You're my type -] a lanky brunette with [a] wicked jaw."
"Let's go to Max's: I'd like some snails." (Presumably not Max's Kansas City.)
"Now let's drink." (A good way to punctuate any moment.)
"This excitement has put us behind in our drink." (Upon being distracted from the main action.)
Nora (upon waking): "[I feel] terrible. I must've gone to bed sober."
Nick: "Tall - over six feet - and one of the thinnest men I've ever seen. He must be about fifty now, and his hair was almost white when I knew him [eight years ago]..."
"A good guy, but screwy."
Nick: "[she] used to be very good-looking."
Dorothy: "That's Mamma - divorces a lunatic and marries a gigolo."
Nick: "She put a hand on my knee and her pointed nails dug into my flesh."
Nick: "I carried her into the bedroom and helped Nora undress her. She had a beautiful little body."
Nora: "She's only a child, Nick."
Mimi: "My daughter's in love with you...and she's jealous of me."
Dorothy: "I want to leave when you and Nora do." Nick: "You won't be here for breakfast."
Nick: "rather good-looking chap of about my age - forty-one - though he looked younger."
"He's Wynant's lawyer. There's no reason why you should trust him."
"Tip (Leda Edge) once told me that she did not think any literature of twenty years ago [circa 1910] would live, because it had no psychiatry in it."