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While I lie in the bathtub I read the papers, popular ones all of them, sometimes as many as six but at least three, and in a moderately loud voice I sing nothing but sacred songs: chorales, hymns, musical passages I recall from my school days.

My parents, devout Protestants, subscribed to the postwar fashion of denominational tolerance and sent me to a Catholic school. Since Marie went over to the Catholics although Marie is a Catholic herself I feel this phrase is appropriate , the intensity of these two complaints has increased, and even the Tantum Ergo or the Litany of Loreto—till now my favorite remedies for pain—are not much use any more.

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There is one temporarily effective remedy: alcohol; there could be a permanent cure: Marie. Marie has left me.

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A clown who takes to drink falls faster than a drunk tile-layer topples off a roof. When I am drunk my gestures during a performance become confused—their only justification in the first place is their precision—and I fall into the most embarrassing trap to which a clown is ever exposed—I laugh at my own tricks. A ghastly humiliation. I imagine monks go through a similar experience when they are in a state of contemplation.

For the past three weeks I had been drunk most of the time and had gone on stage with a deceptive air of confidence, the consequences showed up faster than with a slacker in school who still retains illusions about himself right up until he gets his report; six months is a long time to dream.

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After three weeks there were already no more flowers in my room, by the middle of the second month I no longer had a room with bath, and by the beginning of the third month the distance from the station was already seven marks, while my fee had shrunk to a third. The only way I could placate the disgruntled taxi driver was to hand over my electric razor—not as security but as payment. He was decent enough to give me change in the form of a nearly full pack of cigarettes and two marks in cash.

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