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think-that is absurd. My Carmen is
necessarily moulded by my person
ality. I am small, wiry." (I gasped
audibly at the word "wiry" applied to
herself by the mosf beautifully
moulded women I haveeven seen.)
"So my Carmen is lighter, more alert
than the statuesque, full-blooded
creature Calve made her. It is dif
ferent because I am different. I do
not think of my Carmen as wicked,
but unmoral just the natural wom
an." "Just the cavewoman knocking
her victim down with a club and
dragging him into her lair," I sug
gested. "Just that," Miss Farfar' assented,
with a smile more dazzling than the
myriad lights of , the 'great opera
house in which she had t just taken
a dozen curtain calls.
She reclined on a divan in an un
usually spacious dressing room,
heavy with the odor of many blos
soms. Mirrors, gowns, flowers,
formed a little oasis of delight on
one side of the great deserted stage
and in the midst of them bloomed the
perfect human flower which is called
"Carmen sees a man who attracts
her and she takes him ruthlessly,
"When she tires of him she leaves
him, just as ruthlessly. She and
any woman in whom the Carmen
nature predominates is like a child
that sees a piece of cake and, of
course wants it and takes it.
"After awhile the cake stales, per
haps when it is only half eaten. And
Carmen sees no reason why she
should keep on eating that piece of
cake after she has had enough of it
I don't either."
"Perhaps that is the reason you be
lieve marriage to be incompatible
with the career of a great artist," I
said. "You have been quoted as say
ing that you will never marry. Is that
because you think you might tire
of your piece of cake?"
Miss Farrar nodded merrily, her
great blue eyes-sparkling.-
"Yes," she said, "that's it"
"I should not like to have to keep
on eating my cake after I have had
"Don't you think that's rather a
dangerous philosophy you're preach
ing?" interposed a brilliant man who
was listening to our conversation.
"For people in general, yes," Miss
Farrar answered, "but I preach it only
for myself. I'm a pagan. I don't
know where I came from, where or
when I am going. So I live my life
feeling that I am responsible only to
myself. Persons who do that miss
many things perhaps, but they gain
many things. They make mistakes.
But one of the greatest and the least
acknowledged human rights is the
right to your own mistakes. We learn
only through our own mistakes;
never from the experience of others.
My idea -of Carmen, then, you see, is
that of a woman who turns from the
old love to the new as naturally as
a little girl turns from the cake she
hasmibbled and doesn't care, for par
ticularly to the one still in the paper
"There is no deliberate guile in
my Carmen, no practiced coquetry.
There is no sentiment only passion;
no immorality only natural WOMAN."
ARE YOU A CARMEN?
(Character of opera's greatest co
quette is thus described by Geraldine
Carmen sees a man who attracts
her and she takes him, ruthlessly.
When she tlres-of him she leaves him
just as ruttilessly. She, and any
woman in whom the Carmen na
ture predominates, Is like a child
that sees a piece of cake and, of
course wants it and takes Ft. Aftej
awhile the cake stales, perhaps, when
it is only half eaten. And Carmen
sees no reason why she should keep
on eating that cake after she has had
enough of it.
Are you one?
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