“I don’t want to believe this story. It seems designed to make me pity her. Yet there’s an embarrassment in her face that suddenly makes her look very young, like a child who has admitted to a misdeed. ‘Are you going to try again?’ I ask.
“‘Maybe sometime,’ she says. ‘Maybe after my career.’
“‘That might be a long time,’ I say.
“‘Probably not,’ she says, her eyes set on something in the distance. ‘I’ll have a few good years, and I’d better make enough money to retire on. I don’t know what other job I could do.’
“I consider this. ‘So what will you do with yourself afterward?’
“‘I don’t know. Go to Morocco with my father. Have kids. Whatever people do.’”
—Julie Orringer, from “When She is Old and I am Famous”Art Credit Martin Munkácsi

“I don’t want to believe this story. It seems designed to make me pity her. Yet there’s an embarrassment in her face that suddenly makes her look very young, like a child who has admitted to a misdeed. ‘Are you going to try again?’ I ask.

“‘Maybe sometime,’ she says. ‘Maybe after my career.’

“‘That might be a long time,’ I say.

“‘Probably not,’ she says, her eyes set on something in the distance. ‘I’ll have a few good years, and I’d better make enough money to retire on. I don’t know what other job I could do.’

“I consider this. ‘So what will you do with yourself afterward?’

“‘I don’t know. Go to Morocco with my father. Have kids. Whatever people do.’”

Julie Orringer, from “When She is Old and I am Famous”
Art Credit Martin Munkácsi

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