By Alfred Hayes
Alfred Hayes is among the mystery masters of the 20 th century novel, a journalist and scriptwriter and poet who possessed an immaculate ear and who wrote with razorsharp intelligence approximately ardour and its payback.
My Face for the area to See is determined in Hollywood, the place the tonic for anonymity is reputation and you’re basically as actual as your photograph. At a celebration, the narrator, a screenwriter, rescues a tender lady who staggers with drunken choice into the Pacific. he's residing faraway from his spouse in ny and in the past shed any illusions concerning the worth of his paintings. He simply desires to be left by myself. And but with no relatively desiring to, he will get concerned with the younger girl, who has, it sort of feels, no illusions approximately love, in particular with married males. She’s a survivor, whether her good looks is a bit battered from years of no longer relatively making it within the images. She’s similar to him, he thinks, and as their informal courting takes on an more and more and harmful depth, it sounds as if may simply be precise, in simple terms now not within the method he supposes.
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We’ll depart nutrients for him. ” So Saturday afternoon she introduced the cat, and a few outfits, after which within the morning we went all the way down to Tijuana. 19 THE automobiles got here progressively around the foreign Bridge. The little donkeys, painted with stripes to appear like zebras, and with sombreros on, and sailors fastened on their sufferer backs, have been being photographed. you'll odor the tacos at the small sidewalk carts. The bars within the golf equipment have been crowded and it was once merely 3 o’clock within the afternoon. At Caliente they have been working off the 8th race, and there have been lengthy strains in entrance of the two-dollar home windows and the neon numbers at the tote board over the fairway garden past the song flickered the percentages very palely within the sun. “Kiss it for luck,” Charlie stated. He held out the price tag he acquired at the 8th race. “I haven’t hit all afternoon. ” She laughed, and kissed the pari-mutuel stub. She had had 3 silver fizzes, and she or he used to be having fun with herself. She hadn’t, she stated, had lots enjoyable on account that she used to be at Del Mar, for per week, years in the past. “The time we went to Del Mar,” she acknowledged, “it used to be loopy. They rented a DC-4 and flew down. ” “They? ” I acknowledged. “Some humans I knew. the one factor was once, it grew to become out the pilot wasn’t authorized. ” “What occurred? ” Charlie acknowledged. “I obtained killed,” she stated, giggling. She appeared out towards the flower-banked song, and the horses being walked to the publish. “Like it? ” Charlie requested. She nodded, satisfied. “This is enjoyable. I’m so excited. ” She appeared excited, too: I’d by no means noticeable her sparkle so. This used to be obviously one of many issues she beloved greatly to do: a music, within the membership part, with a personal desk, and the folk there, her. It was once the large white straw hat she wore. The hat, like her laughter, was once a ownership of the prior. It was once anything she had worn as soon as, might be at Del Mar, while these nameless acquaintances had rented the DC-4. She checked out me. “We need to visit Santa Anita a week while the season opens,” she acknowledged. “It can be fantastic, getting out. ” Charlie suggestion so, too. “What are you hiding her for? ” he stated. “A stunning lady like that. ” She seemed that Sunday afternoon so very diversified from the woman who’d been in his seashore apartment, shivering via the fireplace. Charlie were astonished. She used to be unrecognizable. “I’m no longer hiding her. ” in any case, if there has been a metamorphosis, I’d anything to do with it. She was once very lovely: you may see the Mexicans her. It had potentially been that every one she had wanted used to be whatever basic like this: a public admiration, and the potential of donning the big hat. in all probability, even the nights jointly. The reminiscence of her tooth grinding light. She was once fairly particularly beautiful. Then the lengthy shot got here in, paying twenty to 1, and he or she laughed back, extremely joyful, clapping her gloved palms. “It’s simply because I kissed your ticket,” she stated to Charlie. And to me: “See? Aren’t I success? ” At 1 / 4 to 4 we took a taxi to the bull ring. 20 SHE SAT very immediately at the challenging wood bench having a look towards the hoop bright-eyed and keen. It used to be going to be enjoyable.