# Mavis Gallant Reads "Grippes and Poche" at SFU

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10:29 | PROOFS: Another reason why Grippes thought O. Poche must be recent was the way he kept blushing. | Deviations |

10:40 | PROOFS: At this time, President de Gaulle had been in power five years, two of which Grippes had spent in blithe writer-in-residenceship in California. | Deviations |

12:28 | PROOFS: "Human waywardness is hardly new," said Grippes, feeling more and more secure now that he had tested Poche and found him provincial. | Deviations |

13:09 | PROOFS: Perhaps ['Mr.' struck through with pencil, replaced with 'MO'] Grippes would try ['and' struck through with pencil, replaced with 'to'] remember. | Deviations |

13:42 | PROOFS: His eyes seemed to Grippes as helpless and eager as those of a gun dog waiting for a command in the right language. | Deviations |

14:21 | PROOFS: "Wife" had not entered Grippes' cast of characters, probably because like Poche he did not have have [sic] one. | Deviations |

14:47 | PROOFS: What a mistake it had been, Grippes reflected, still feeling pain beneath the scar, to have repeated the male-teacher-female-student pattern. | Deviations |

16:02 | PROOFS: The professor had not given Karen-Sue the cultural and political enlightenment one might expect from the graduate of a pre-eminent Paris school. | Deviations |

16:25 | PROOFS: It was Grippes' first outstanding debacle and, for that reason, the only one of his works he ever re-read. | Deviations |

16:49 | PROOFS: He recalled her with tolerance -- the same tolerance that had probably weakened the book. | Deviations |

17:03 | PROOFS: He had thought he would get away with it, knowing all the while he could not. | Deviations |

18:23 | PROOFS: After a few minutes of speculative anguish in the airless cubicle, Grippes saw that Poche had no inkling whatever about the flats. | Deviations |

19:13 | PROOFS: Obviously, he had committed the worst sort of blunder, had been intimate, had let his own personality show. He had crossed over to his opponent's ground. | Deviations |

19:27 | PROOFS: "Although, to tell the truth, I don't remember writing it." | Deviations |

20:31 | PROOFS: He had invented a law, a mortmain on publication [...] | Deviations |

20:52 | PROOFS: Not so long ago [...] | Deviations |

21:38 | PROOFS: Grippes made a try of his own, jocular [...] | Deviations |

21:53 | PROOFS: "This dossier is too complex [...]" | Deviations |

22:18 | PROOFS: "How long, in all, were you out of the country?" | Deviations |

22:48 | PROOFS: [...] Grippes' father [...] | Deviations |

22:59 | PROOFS: One glimpsed them, all in gray, creeping along [...] | Deviations |

23:11 | PROOFS: Grippes decided to transform Mme de Pelle into the manager of a brothel catering to the Foreign Legion, slovely in the habits and addicted to chloroform, but he found the idea unpromising. | Deviations |

23:32 | PROOFS: [...] for fear of drawing attention to the apartments. | Deviations |

24:46 | PROOFS: Spiritual shilly-shallying tends to run long [...] | Deviations |

24:56 | PROOFS: Then came "Thomas" with his spartan mother on a Provencal fruit farm [...] | Deviations |

25:37 | PROOFS: [...] and to take the metaphysical risk of revealing "Henri." | Deviations |

26:32 | PROOFS: His diffident, steely questions tried to elicit from Grippes how many copies were likely to be sold [...] | Deviations |

26:44 | PROOFS: Poche would turn back the cover ['to' struck out, replaced with 'and'] glance at the signature, probably to make certain [...] | Deviations |

27:08 | PROOFS: He thought of old-fashioned milestones, half-hidden by weeds, along disused roads. | Deviations |

27:16 | PROOFS: Perhaps he had to wait for the woman upstairs to retire so he could take over her title and office. | Deviations |

27:35 | PROOFS: He tried to imagine Mme Poche. | Deviations |

27:51 | PROOFS: At the same time, it seemed to Grippes that their wavering, ruffled reflection should deliver something he alone might recognize. | Deviations |

28:30 | PROOFS: He was like a father, gazing round the breakfast table, suddenly realizing that none of the children are his. | Deviations |

30:08 | PROOFS: Once, Grippes won some City of Paris award and was shown in France-Soir shaking hands with the mayor and simultaneously receiving a long, cheque-filled envelope. | Deviations |

31:16 | Deviations | |

32:07 | PROOFS: He still knew nothing ['about Poche' added in pen] except for the wedding ring. | Deviations |

35:12 | PROOFS: Poche said to Grippes, "I asked you to come here, Maitre, because I find we have overlooked something concerning your income." | Deviations |

36:01 | PROOFS: [...] the circle was so small that it had to come back. | Deviations |

39:06 | PROOFS: [...] if there could possibly be a good dodge he, Grippes, had never heard of. | Deviations |

39:11 | PROOFS: He thought of contemporary authors for whose success there could be no other explanation [...] | Deviations |

40:28 | PROOFS: All Grippes had ever offered Poche were his own books, formally inscribed [...] | Deviations |

41:24 | PROOFS: Prism lent him something to read -- his sunburn was keeping him awake. | Deviations |

41:43 | PROOFS: Prism had got it wrong, of course, putting Thomas Mann to die in the charity ward of a Paris hospital, sending Stefan Zweig to be photographed with movie stars in California, and having the Austrian novelist Joseph Roth -- whose plain name Prism could not spell -- win the Nobel Prize [...] | Deviations |

42:10 | PROOFS: Chided by Grippes, Prism had been defensive, cold, said that no letters had come in. "One, surely?" said Grippes. "Yes, I thought that must be you," Prism said. | Deviations |

43:08 | PROOFS: "You would have to marry a Frenchwoman and have at least five male children," said Grippes, through the scarf. | Deviations |

47:12 | PROOFS: "So you have read them," said Grippes, an eye on the locker. | Deviations |

47:52 | PROOFS: He had no idea what that could be from, and he was certain he had not written it. | Deviations |

47:60 | PROOFS: Grippes had become a commonplace taxpayer [...] | Deviations |

48:11 | PROOFS: A fashion for having well-behaved Nazi officers shore up Western culture [...] | Deviations |

48:49 | PROOFS: [...] cough pastilles [...] | Deviations |

48:54 | PROOFS: Up the fetid staircase came a handsome colonel, a Kurt Jurgens type [...] | Deviations |

49:30 | PROOFS: Poche was in a gangster-ridden Mediterranean city [...] | Deviations |

50:04 | PROOFS: Meanwhile, Grippes was here [...] | Deviations |

52:35 | PROOFS: The simplest final authority in Grippes' life had been O. Poche and a book of rules. | Deviations |

52:54 | PROOFS: It had been in italics, at the foot of the page. | Deviations |

53:35 | PROOFS: She put her hand over a page, as though Grippes were trying to read upside down. "It has all got to be paid back," she said. | Deviations |

55:58 | PROOFS: She wore a hat ornamented with an ivory arrow, and a plain gray coat, tubular in shape, with a narrow fur collar. | Deviations |

59:04 | PROOFS: He could not even guess at her name. | Deviations |

59:52 | PROOFS: Now, that was untrue, and he had no reason to say it or anything like it. | Deviations |

1:00:26 | PROOFS: He could perhaps write an anonymous letter, saying that the famous author Henri Grippes was guilty of evasion of a most repulsive kind. | Deviations |

9:17 | If you can't hear, just say something, and I'll do the best I can. | Asides |

15:45 | That's the pill. | Asides |

18:15 | MG: This is not a joke, on French income tax form you're asked if you belong to a golf club. [MG laughter] It puts you in another bracket. | Asides |

31:16 | MG: That is, with the advent of Pompidou, who'd been connected with the bank. | Asides |

34:06 | That accompanies Giscard d'Estaing's reign. | Asides |

42:57 | MG: Prism, excuse me, I'm pronouncing it in French. | Asides |

47:35 | MG: And now he quotes something, presumably from one of the books. | Asides |

53:08 | MG: I have an editorial query here, is he imagining this - yes. [MG laughter] These are proofs. | Asides |

55:53 | MG: That is the conservative church. | Asides |

58:45 | MG: That means something especially hideous. | Asides |