By Frank Deford
On the 1936 Berlin Olympics the gorgeous Sydney Stringfellow starts off an excessive love affair with a German however the affair unexpectedly ends while political forces tear them aside.
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The father didn’t know, but he said there would be war of one sort or another between France and Germany so long as those two nations existed. And certainly Bienvenu must not become a secret headquarters of the Germans. He told Lanny that was one fellow who must have help whenever he needed it. Also Robbie saw Beauty in her tight bathing suit, and had a good time describing in exaggerated language the ravages of embonpoint upon her charms. Beauty and the cream pitcher were a standing joke in that family.
In three months the Republican party would name its candidate; no college president, but someone who understood American business and its needs. Robbie didn’t think that, Robbie told it, and the others listened respectfully. It was a very sad picture that Emily Chattersworth drew. Rick’s father knew the key men of his country, and reported what they were saying in the clubs. Lloyd George was the only one of the war chiefs who still held power, and he did it because he had no principles, but was able to say, with the most passionate fervor, the opposite of what he said the day before.
If he guessed the situation between Kurt and Beauty, he was discreet enough never to refer to it. II The fact that Rick had come so near to Kurt’s point of view concerning the late unpleasantness made easier Lanny’s project for reconciling England and Germany. Kurt said that Rick had evidently matured into a man of judgment, and that it would be a pleasure to meet him again. More people had died of the flu than had been killed in the war—and England had lost too much of its young manhood already!