Burgess writes that his wife Lynne

felt very ill and was plainly exhausted when we reached Marrakesh. The French proprietress of the Hôtel Maroc blamed her sickness on the cuisine espagnole. I drank heavily and alone in the hotel bar. In our bedroom I found a young Berber in a striped waistcoat preparing to get into bed with Lynne and arguing about how much she was willing to pay for his services. An American lady, he alleged, had given him five hundred dirhams. He had to be punched and thrown out by a weary husband. There was no repose on any of our holidays.

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  • Andy fielding  On July 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Anthony should have stolen the waistcoat, then gone looking for the American lady.
    Hope you’re well Geoffrey.

    • Geoffrey Grigson  On July 18, 2017 at 7:39 am

      He should indeed. He seems to have been rather constrained by his wife during his two visits to Morocco. Thanks for visiting, Mr F.

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