Jan and Cora Gordon: An Encounter with Édouard de Max
The poetess took Cora in a cab to see the actor, along with the more exotic and esoteric of her drawings (according to Jan Gordon, Cora's designs were "mostly of semi-nude dancers making arabesques of themselves to a counter rhythm of draperies and cats.")
Left in an antechamber, she found herself "in the midst of a weird collection", every piece in the crowded assemblage "picked for some sinister or erotic quality." "At intervals a creaking voice uttered French words of considerable impropriety" - this was a parrot. Behind a curtain was a bathroom in which the bath was scooped in the black marble floor. "At its edge a huge black mastiff lay, gnawing and slobbering over a raw bone, the fresh meat on the which showed startlingly crimson against the black polished floor."
Who was this "de M---"? Not such a difficult one this; "de M---" was Édouard de Max (1869-1924), considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest actors of his time. This connection, like that of "K" and Francis Carco has not been made before and is therefore quite exciting.