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But he didn't take it as an insult really.
He said, “What are you laughing at?" He was astounded
that I wasn't deeply interested in knowing that he hadn't
been to the bathroom in four days.
Several things happened on the cruise that we took
together. Of course the minute that the word got around
the boat that George Gershwin was on board, all of the girls
flocked around him. George had no aversion to girls let me
say--no aversion whatever. Kay Swift was George's real
girl. She wanted to divorce Jimmy Warburg and marry George
but she had three children and George couldn't bring himself
to marry somebody who had had babies with somebody
else. He blamed it on a psychiatrist. He was always being
psychoanalyzed because it gave him a chance to talk about
himself uninterruptedly. On the boat they wanted him to
play, but the piano on the boat was terrible and George
refused. He said, “When we get to Nassau I'll play for
you.” The boat's first stop was Nassau.
This was when winter cruising was rather new and all
of these places that you can now get to by jet in an hour
were relatively remote. Nassau was not what it is now.
We arrived there about seven in the morning; and trouped
over to the New Colonial Hotel, which was then the big hotel
there. There are now a hundred of them.
George immediately went to the piano, as he had
promised, with about fifty adoring females around him, and
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