"We All Wear The Green Carnation": Nightlife and Entertainment

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"We All Wear the Green Carnation" from Noel Coward's Bitter Sweet, Act 3, Scene 1. Courtesy of British Pathé.

My dear boy, on thirty-five dollars a week I am living at a hotel which is luxurious and delightful; I see one or two plays (from the upper balcony, it is true, but I don't have to smell the actors to appreciate the play); I dine with several different people each week, choosing those who I feel most like talking at; I visit those ultra ultra spots where drinks cost a dollar each (though I get only one or two) and the like of which is nowhere else in this unfair country. You would have a delightful time here with me.
…You would be stimulated anew by contact with this strange and vital city. It remains elixir to me. It is inexhaustible. [1]


  1. Leo Adams to Merle Macbain, January 2, 1932. Leo Adams Papers, New York Public Library (Hereafter cited by name and date only).

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