Ah! Le Bon Billet qu’a la Châtre!
(Ah, the pretty contract that La Châtre has!)*
*[ Ah! le bon billet qu'a La Châtre ! The Marquis de La Châtrewas greatly in love with the celebrated Ninon de Lenclos (1620-1705). Being obliged to absent himself for military service, he got her to sign a note in which she pledged herself to remain faithful to him. The fickle beauty, however, soon had another lover, and on remembering the note, " le billet," she laughingly exclaimed:"Ah ! le bon billet qu'a La Châtre!" This has become a proverb,and applies to any promise on which no reliance can be placed.]
idlor was satisfied upon first sight of Marina as she deplaned. His pilot had radioedahead in secrecy that she was a ravishing beautyand that his boss would be more than satisfied.The immigration attorney, Angstrom, had saidessentially the same. Ridlor had paid the passageof what must have been the most beautiful womanin all of Uzbekistan, and the bridal cataloguephoto of her, although alluring, did not do justiceto the real item, which now fluttered nervouslybefore him.Marina seemed blushingly humble and amplypleased to set foot in “America,” as shecontinually called it, unaware perhaps that she