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an actress. But her sense of humour prevailed and she felt inclined to laugh. They made much fuss of her not because she was a great actress, but because she was in poor health and needed a rest.
Portion VIII. 1. Julia often had to listen to women’s stories about how men followed them in the street, how they tried to catch their eye, and how it was difficult to get rid of them.
It seemed very flattering to Julia. She often wondered why she’d never been followed. It wasn’t as if she had no sex appeal.
And what if not ? Julia decided to put the matter to the test. She had to be sure.
Julia took much pains to look neither too plain nor too respectable. A slight smile hovered her lips. Several times Julia caught her breath catching a man’s eye and expecting him to start following her, but they all passed by without paying any attention to her.
It was humiliating. It flashed through her mind that she had chosen the wrong street. But there was nothing to do.
2. Julia almost lost all hope of being picked up. Suddenly she noticed a young man looking at her and never taking his eyes off her.
She slandered her pace feeling him behind. It was beginning to look like an adventure. Julia looked forward to getting into conversation with the young man.
It was interesting what he would offer. Julia looked at him doubtfully. Judging by his appearance, it was quite clear that he couldn’t afford to invite her to a restaurant.
She looked him in the face encouraging him to start speaking. But then suddenly he called her by her name. She was so astonished, that she nearly jumped out of her skin.
3. Julia looked forward to the beginning of the rehearsals. Though Julia had been on the stage for many years, every time she tried a new part she didn’t feel like a leading lady, but as if she was a girl playing her first part.
She was glad to meet with other members of the cast. Most of them she knew very well. Only with actors she felt at ease.
She was one of them. This atmosphere of make-believe was the only one where she could breathe.Скачать