Eating Habit and Hazards

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Eating Habit and Hazards
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The Luncheon
William Somerset Maugham
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I caught sight of her at the play, and in answer to her beckoning, I went over during interval and sat down beside her. It was long since I had last seen her, and if someone had not mentioned her name I hardly think I would have recognized her.
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She addressed me highly .
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"Well, it's many years since we first meet. How times does fly! We're none of us getting any younger. Do you remember the first meet I saw you? You asked me to the luncheon.
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Did I remember?
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It was twenty years ago and I was living in Paris. I had a tiny apartment in the Latin quarter overlooking a cemetery, and I was earning barely enough money to keep body and soul together. She had read a book of mine and had written to me about it. I answered , thanking her , and presently I received from her another letter saying that she was passing through Paris and would like to have chat with me ; but her time was limited , and the only free moment , at the luxembourg and would I give her little luncheon at Foyot's afterward's Foyot's is a restaurant at which the french senators eat , and it was so far beyond my means that I had never even thought of going there. But I was flattered, and i was to young to have learned to say not o a woman.......

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