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1 Balfour was requested if the rumor that he meant to marry Margot Tennant (later Asquith) had any beginning. He responded, “No, I really reflect on having a profession of my very own. ” BALMAIN, Pierre (1914–82), French couturier. 1 “During the years of chilly and shortages Gertrude [Stein] and Alice [B. Toklas] grew to become neighbors with a neighbour at Aix, an easy younger guy named Pierre Balmain, with a style for antiques and a typical bent for designing women’s outfits. actually he made together with his personal arms heavy tweeds and hot clothing for Gertrude and Alice to put on throughout the tough winters. Now he has opened a store in Paris. At his first displaying to the click Gertrude and Alice arrived with their large puppy, Basket. Gertrude, in a tweed skirt, an outdated cinnamon-coloured sack, and Panama hat, seemed like Corot’s self-portrait. Alice, in an extended chinese language garment of vivid shades with a humorous flowered toque, had overtones of the Widow Twankey. Gertrude, seeing the realm of favor assembled, whispered, ‘Little do they recognize that we're the in basic terms humans right here dressed via Balmain, and it’s simply in addition for him that they don’t! ’” BALSAN, Consuelo (1878–1964), US society chief. 1 (Cass Canfield, who was once hooked up with Harper and Row, the publishers of her booklet, The Glitter and the Gold, entertained Mme Balsan, whose rules have been nonetheless coloured via the grandeur of her first marriage to an English nobleman. ) “At Fishers Island, manhattan, the place now we have a tiny two-room condominium on a seashore, she got here to tea; we chatted at the terrace adjacent our cottage, and after a delightful hour she rose to depart. ‘I’ve had this type of great time,’ she stated, ‘and your home is gorgeous. yet the place is the home? ’” BALZAC, Honoré de (1799–1850), prolific French novelist. 1 while he used to be thirty-three, Balzac got an engaging letter from the Ukraine signed “The Stranger. ” Following it up, he discovered that the author, Evelina Hanska, used to be the spouse of a baron. Their affair lasted for seventeen years, and even though the baron died in 1841 the couple didn't marry till 5 months ahead of Balzac’s loss of life. “It is easier,” wrote Balzac, “to be a lover than a husband, for a similar cause that it's tougher to teach a prepared wit all day lengthy than to provide an occasional bon mot. ” 2 in the course of his years of poverty Balzac lived in an unheated and nearly unfurnished garret. On one of many naked partitions the author inscribed the phrases: “Rosewood paneling with commode”; on one other: “Gobelin tapestry with Venetian mirror”; and within the position of honor over the empty hearth: “Picture by means of Raphael. ” three A Parisian bookseller, listening to of Balzac as a tender author of exceptional promise, made up our minds to provide him 3,000 francs for his subsequent novel. He came across Balzac’s handle, located in an imprecise area of the town. figuring out that he used to be now not facing a gentleman of favor, he dropped his rate to 2,000 francs. He went to the home, observed that the author used to be residing at the most sensible ground, and dropped the associated fee one other 500 francs. while he entered Balzac’s garret, he discovered him dipping a bread roll in a tumbler of water.