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By Horace McCoy

Temptation and hope in Hollywood. Hard-boiled. Perverse! Ralph Carston, a good-looking younger guy from Georgia, and roommate Mona Matthews paintings as extras and dream of Hollywood stardom while a court fracas by means of Mona provides them a flash of notoriety. This ends up in a swank Hollywood get together and an creation to Ethel Smithers, a wealthy older girl with a below natural curiosity in Carston.

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I won’t,’ I acknowledged. ‘When do i need to come again? ’ ‘I can’t say exactly—the case can be set for someday subsequent month, perhaps—or the month after. yet don’t fear. We’re bobbing up prior to a really reasonable and neutral judge—Judge Boggess. a great pal of mine, by the way. i assumed it most sensible that pass judgement on Boggess—’ ‘That was once swell of you,’ Mona acknowledged. ‘You have been very considerate to get pass judgement on Boggess to invite for this example. convinced, sir, you have been considerate as all hell. ’ Holbrook frowned, now not rather realizing the sarcasm in Mona’s tone? He didn’t comprehend she used to be the person who had acquired pass judgement on Boggess to invite for the case. In a second he made a circulate to head. ‘Well—’ he acknowledged. ‘Mrs. Smithers, on behalf of my patron i would like to thanks back. goodbye, omit Matthews. I’ll keep up a correspondence with you, Ralph. ’ He walked out. ‘Come, come, you two,’ Mrs. Smithers stated, placing her fingers round us, strolling out with us. Walter, the chauffeur, was once ready on the steps. He saluted and went down the road to get the automobile. ‘Where we could have lunch? ’ she requested. ‘I’ve obtained to come back to the studio,’ Mona stated. ‘They’re expecting me. ’ ‘My, my! ’ Mrs. Smithers acknowledged. ‘That’s too undesirable. Can’t we drop you there? What studio is it? ’ ‘Thanks—I’ve acquired my car,’ Mona acknowledged. ‘Good-bye, Mrs. Smithers. so long, Ralph. ’ ‘Sure,’ I stated, staring at her pass the road. ‘Where we could have lunch, expensive boy? I advised you we’d have lunch jointly this present day. the place lets cross? ’ ‘I’m now not very hungry,’ I acknowledged. ‘I had loads of sweet this morning. along with, I’d wish to take a tub. ’ Mrs. Smithers smiled. ‘How captivating! ’ she acknowledged. ‘How fascinating! ’ Walter introduced the automobile in entrance of the stairs and we obtained in. ‘Would you're keen on to wash at my place—or yours? ’ ‘Mine,’ I acknowledged. ‘My outfits are there. ’ We started out in the course of the site visitors. I comfy within the automobile, searching the window, having a look up on the corridor of Justice, the place I were a prisoner. It used to be the 1st time I had acquired an excellent examine the construction. I’m completely satisfied to be out of that position, i assumed. There’s not anything like freedom. Mrs. Smithers placed her hand on my leg and commenced talking... We had dinner that evening by myself in a big room lighted purely by way of candles. She sat at one finish of the desk and that i sat on the different, yet i may not often see her for the flora and the candelabra. there have been butlers. I had by no means noticeable such beauty. It was once like a scene from a film. each room in her apartment and every little thing concerning the condo appeared like a scene from a film. We had simply all started consuming whilst she stated: ‘I can’t see you, expensive boy. ’ ‘I can’t see you either,’ I stated. while the butlers got here to take the soup cups she advised them to maneuver my chair down through her, at the aspect. I stood up whereas they replaced it. ‘Isn’t that greater? ’ she requested, patting my hand. ‘Yes, ma’am,’ I acknowledged, attempting to disguise my embarrassment. i used to be no longer quite a bit embarrassed by means of her as i used to be thinking about what the butlers could take into consideration my manners. I had by no means been to a home the place that they had butlers ahead of, the place they handed silver platters that you can aid your self, yet i attempted to mimic her, hoping I made no errors.

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