By Martin Walker
Haarsträubend komisch und betörend unterhaltsam -ein echter Walker!
Das lodge Schräg - seit vier Generationen in Familienbesitz - erlebt bis Ende der dreißiger Jahre turbulente Zeiten und ist ein beliebter Künstlertreffpunkt in den Bergen. Picasso und Duchamp sind hier ebenso abgestiegen wie Malewitsch oder der Fotograf Valéry Valse. Nun allerdings dümpelt das inn seit Jahrzehnten vor sich hin. Bis sich der junge Kunsthistoriker Benoît Flucks mit seiner Freundin Lola im lodge einquartiert. Flucks hofft, hier bisher unbekannte Fotografien des Künstlers zu finden. Hotelier Alain Schräg weiß sehr genau, dass es nur noch ein einziges erhaltenes Werk gibt. Doch sieht Lola einem von Valse’ Modellen verblüffend ähnlich, und er hat eine Idee.
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Farrinder imposed herself. There was a lithographic smoothness about her, and a mixture of the American matron and the public character. There was something public in her eye, which was large, cold, and quiet; it had acquired a sort of exposed reticence from the habit of looking down from a lecture-desk, over a sea 50 of heads, while its distinguished owner was eulogised by a leading citizen. Mrs. Farrinder, at almost any time, had the air of being introduced by a few remarks. She talked with great slowness and distinctness, and evidently a high sense of responsibility; she pronounced every syllable of every word and insisted on being explicit.
Prance) suspended from one of the windows of the basement, and a peculiar look of being both new and faded—a kind of modern fatigue— like certain articles of commerce which are sold at a reduction as shop-worn. The hall was very narrow; a considerable part of it was occupied by a large hat-tree, from which several coats and shawls already depended; the rest offered space for certain lateral demonstrations on Miss Birdseye's part. She sidled about her visitors, and at last went round to open for them a door of further admission, which happened to be locked inside.
Such a mood, however, could only be momentary, for he was conscious at bottom of a bigger stomach than all the culture of Charles Street could fill. Afterwards, when his cousin had come back and they had gone down to dinner together, where he sat facing her at a little table decorated in the middle with flowers, a position from which he had another view, through a window where the curtain remained undrawn by her direction (she called his attention to this—it was for his benefit), of the dusky, empty river, spotted with points of 29 light—at this period, I say, it was very easy for him to remark to himself that nothing would induce him to make love to such a type as that.