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On April 3, 1937 publication of "Lunch Tuesday." The New Yorker. Files on Parade.

Mrs. Flintridge and Mrs. Walton are having lunch and drinks (many, many drinks) at "... one of those good, characterless restaurants in the East Fifties, run by a former speakeasy proprietor...They talked pleasantly that way of old friends who seldom saw each other any more." One of the women gets a rude surprise. Standard O'Hara themes of alcohol and adultery.

On April 3, 1948 publication of "Requiescat." The Time Element and Other Stories.

"Requiescat" is defined as the "prayer for the repose of a dead person." Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Three tradesmen of an unnamed town gather and converse on the street outside the house of a former governor who has just shot himself an hour and a half earlier.

From an April 3, 1939 letter to William Maxwell of The New Yorker.

I am working for RKO now, on a picture for Carole Lombard. If you want to know why it is because The New Yorker doesn't pay me that kind of money, and anyway Lombard is much prettier than Ross and I'm not saying anything behind his back. If I have anything to say to a man I say it to his face. Lombard is prettier than you, too. Out of sight, out of mind.

Selected Letters, page 145

Carole Lombard (1908-1942). American actress who made many comedies in the 19302, died in a plane crash in 1942.

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