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Interview (Swedish translation)

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Interview

The ladies men admire, I’ve heard,
Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light;
They’d rather stay at home at night.
They do not keep awake till three,
Nor read erotic poetry.
They never sanction the impure,
Nor recognize an overture.
They shrink from powders and from paints ...
So far, I’ve had no complaints.
 
Submitted by IremiaIremia on 2021-07-14
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Dorothy Parker, “Interview” from The Portable Dorothy Parker, edited by Brendan Gill. Copyright 1926 and renewed 1954 by Dorothy Parker. Reprinted with the permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Source: The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Books, 2006
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Varje enskild kvinna män älskar, sägs det,
Ryser genast när man i truten är led.
De har blott ett enda ljus kvar att tända.
Varje natt vill de blott bli kvar därhemma.
Och ingen av dem alls tills tre är vaken,
Kärleksdikter faller dem ej i smaken.
De bestraffar inte alls de orena,
Närmanden de inte alls igenkänner.
Och de fina maskerar, färger avskyr…
Än så länge till mig ingen alls gnyr.
 
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