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InalittledistrictwestofWashingtonSquarethestreetshaveruncrazyandbrokenthemselvesintosmallstripscalled“places. These“places”makestrangeanglesandcurves. Onestreetcrossesitselfatimeortwo. Anartistoncediscoveredavaluablepossibilityinthisstreet. Supposeacollectorwithabillforpaints,paperandcanvasshould,intraversingthisroute,suddenlymeethimselfcomingback,withoutacenthavingbeenpaidonaccount!  

So,toquaintoldGreenwichVillagetheartpeoplesooncameprowling,huntingfornorthwindowsandeighteenth-centurygablesandDutchatticsandlowrents. ThentheyimportedsomepewtermugsandachafingdishortwofromSixthavenue,andbecamea“colony.”  

Atthetopofasquatty,three-storybrickSueandJohnsyhadtheirstudio. “Johnsy”wasfamiliarforJoanna. OnewasfromMaine; theotherfromCalifornia. Theyhadmetatthetabled’hoteofanEighthstreet“Delmonico’s,”andfoundtheirtastesinart,chicorysaladandbishopsleevessocongenialthatthejointstudioresulted.  

ThatwasinMay. InNovemberacold,unseenstranger,whomthedoctorscalledPneumonia,stalkedaboutthecolony,touchingonehereandtherewithhisicyfingers. Overontheeastsidethisravagerstrodeboldly,smitinghisvictimsbyscores,buthisfeettrodslowlythroughthemazeofthenarrowandmoss-grown“places.”  

Mr.Pneumoniawasnotwhatyouwouldcallachivalricoldgentleman. AmiteofalittlewomanwithbloodthinnedbyCaliforniazephyrswashardlyfairgameforthered-fisted,short-breathedoldduffer. 

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