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March 7, 2013
“SNYDER is an atrocious man.”

“Yes, but what an emperor. You have to admire his appetites.”

“Dear God.”

“You’re not afraid, are you? You give this conversation the pallor of—”

“No, not afraid. He wants nothing to do with me, and I want less to do with him. I simply remark. Dinner party chit-chat. Among friends, yes?”

“Of course. Oh, good heavens, yes. I agree. He’s horrid.”

“All right. I just like to know where I stand with people. With you, to be honest.”

“You’ve nothing to worry about here. I’ll never report you. I do so enjoy your parties.”