As for so many things in this life (or my life), I thought I had everything under control, but you know how it goes, best laid plans and all that. . .
Then I decided, of course, it must be my French, I didn't phrase the question properly. This happens all the time and seemed like a reasonable explanation. Today's interview was to be simple, straight-forward (I thought), based on the question: "If you could have anything in the world you wanted, money no object -- we're in fantasy land -- what would you choose?"
Obviously I was a material girl before the other one was born (barely, I mean age-wise) so I thought the query was limpid. I was referring to clothes, bright shiny objects. I was proposing a once-in-a-lifetime offer.
My first call was to Anne-Françoise. Without a moment's hesitation, she replied: "a goat."
"Non, non, Cherie," said I. "I'm afraid you didn't quite understand." Whereupon she replied, "Now that I have my three chickens I want a goat." I tried again: "But you can have ANYTHING you want."
"I want a chevre," she said in a slightly more emphatic tone.
I thought this was so funny I decided to change the rules of my game. Instead of insisting on garments and bijoux I asked two questions:
1. If you could "buy" anything what would it be?
2. If you could "buy" any clothes, accessories, jewels, what would they be?
This is what my subjects told me:
Anne-Françoise: My goat.
And something beautiful from Lanvin.
Edith: I would hire a full-time combination chauffeur/secretary.
Then I would like a rouge Hermès Birkin bag to wear with a three-quarter length Chanel jacket, also in rouge and the Jeager-Lecoultre Reverso watch.
Katy: I would like a house overlooking the water in Corsica and a chalet in Meribelle, both with four bedrooms and four luxurious bathrooms.
On the other side of the question; I'll take a huge emerald cut diamond ring.
Frédérique: A four-bedroom maison in the heart of Paris with a small garden.
Since I love Art Deco, I would like diamond and pearl earrings from the epoch and a matching bracelet.
Aurore: A hotel particulier with a large garden near Paris.
After I've arranged the house, I would like the following: a Hermès Cape Cod watch, a HUGE diamond from Van Cleef, the Chanel 2.55 sac, a Hermès Kelly bag and then I would go shopping at all the grand couturiers to find exactly what fits me perfectly to go with my new accessories.
Ed. Note: Next week the same questions will be answered by -- are you ready (?) -- Les Hommes (!)