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/André Salmon has not been made before and is therefore quite exciting.