As Lovers Do

Marlene Dietrich, 1930

“Would you like a cup of tea?”

“I would,” she says, briskly turning from the window… “I had juice and a cookie at ten-thirty, and then a peanut-butter sandwich at noon.” She tells him this as a wry joke on herself, this child’s diet, but also as lovers tell everything about themselves, trusting the other to care.

John Updike
Roger’s Version (1986)

Photos by Erich Salomon: Marlene Dietrich, 1930

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