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  • Marthe had been the first woman I'd met in Boston, and maybe we latched on to each other because both of us were new to town and didn't know anybody.

    You Don't Know What Love Is

  • Wendy White had a light touch for Marthe, the elderly flirt who fails to protect Marguerite; Mr. McAnuff gave her a moment of added poignancy when Valentin, home from the war, handed over her dead husband's helmet.

    A Chance to Do It Over

  • It wasn't drama that was the problem with Marthe, it was tragedy.

    You Don't Know What Love Is

  • She sat down and I put on one of the few records I owned that I could play at dinner without Marthe complaining.

    You Don't Know What Love Is

  • I'd seen her around Beacon Hill a few times, then one night at a bar I saw her across the room, laughing in a way that Marthe never did, her head thrown back.

    You Don't Know What Love Is

  • I was sort of between girlfriends then—Marthe had moved out after we'd come back from the Bahamas.

    You Don't Know What Love Is

  • I'll say this, there was never any sitting around arguing about whether to listen to classical or jazz like Marthe and I sometimes ended up doing when we needed an excuse to go at each other.

    You Don't Know What Love Is

  • The reluctance of Marthe Hardelot to leave her home when the Germans invade is conveyed not in terms of panic but in terms of possessions: "her linen cupboard, the fine sheets from Flanders, embroidered by nuns in Bruges, her kitchenware—copper pans, candlesticks, sparling bowls—and the photos of Aunt Adèle at her First Communion, and Uncle Jules ten months old, naked on a pillow."

    A Supremely Disabused Writer

  • We started to eat—Rachel wasn't one like Marthe to starve herself all the time, and she dug in as usual.

    You Don't Know What Love Is

  • When I turned back to Marthe she was reading her program from the Symphony earlier in the night.

    You Don't Know What Love Is


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