- Author: Newton Booth Tarkington
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1910
- Word count: 16,515 words (≈ about 1 hour)
Nothing could have been more painful to my sensiti-veness than to occupy myself, confused with blushes, at the center of the whole world as a living advertise-ment of the least amusing ballet in Paris. To be the day's sensation of the boulevards one must possess an eccentricity of appearance conceived by nothing short of genius; and my misfortunes had reduced me to present such to all eyes seeking mirth.