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Certainly, I would not mind being
quoted5 on Kessel6's book7,
f if you
could use a word from me along with comment from two or three other persons.
I have been purposely out of things so completely for the last two years
that I wouldn't want to appear alone—as if I thought myself an authority and
greatly valued my own opinion.
By the way—within the last ten days the Herald
Tribune8 printed on the front page a statement
from from Eisenhauer9
about the actual assistance rendered to the
invasion by the sabotage of the Maquis10. Now in so many ASTICOU INN
MAINE 2of the Western cities where Kessel's book ought to be read, those two words mean nothing. All middle Westerners hate foreign words—especially french. Whyfore? Uncertain as to how to pronounce them.
Don't betray me to the advertising writer, but couldn't you quote Eisenhauer's statement, and yourself make a statement about Kessel's book? It is the only book I know (in English) which will tell my friends in Kansas City11 what the Resistance actually is; how it was formed and how it operates. Why, it told me all this! The very word "underground" has an ugly connotation for us; Al Capone12—dirty politics—graft.
Of course the finest things in
will miss the general public. Saint Luc. for example, who is all that the lovers of France13 have loved in French history and
in french life. But even my friends in Red Cloud14 would get Gerbier and Mathilde15. A little horror won't hurt
Even here, in law-abiding Maine20,
rResistance is suspect—to farmer and fisherman it means
"underground"—simply a form of lawlessness; dangerous, not to be