ed by Augustus John in 1938 wearing anrnelegant smoking jacket and bow tie, withrna long face, creased cheeks, full lips, andrna prominent oval chin.rn”Practically the whole damn [story]rnis true, bizarre as it seems,” Fitzgeraldrnsaid. “Lord Alington and the famousrnBijou O’Conor were furious at me forrnputting them in.” In real life, in aboutrn1918, careless with a cigarette. Bijou hadrnburnt the ceiling of the guest room inrnthe house of Sir Brinsley Ford’s father.rnBijou must have told Fitzgerald aboutrnthis embarrassing incident, for in his storyrnLady Capps-Karr and the Marc|uisrnKinkallow arc ejected from a Swiss hotelrnfor starting a fire while attempting torncook some potato chips in alcohol.rnThe satiric caricatures of Lord Alingtonrnand Bijou O’Conor, inspired byrnFitzgerald’s reaction against Bijou afterrntheir stormy affair had ended, took morernserious and substantial form in TenderrnIs the Night (1934). In that novel shernreappears as the fragile, tubercular, decadentrnLady Caroline Sibley-Biers, whornperforms a dance of death as the Sepoysrnassault the ruined fort. The phrase, andrnLady Capps-Karr’s favorite expression,rn”After all, a chep’s a ehep and a chum’srna chum”—Fitzgerald’s bizarre notion ofrna quintessential F.nglish expression,rnwhich both Michael O’Conor and SirrnBrinsley Ford agree Bijou would neverrnhave actually said—occur in both “ThernHotel Child” and Tender Is the Night,rnlinking Lady Capps-Karr and Lady CarolinernSiblcy-Biers to their commonrnmodel. Bijou O’Conor.rnSir Francis Elliot, Napier Alington,rnand Scott Fitzgerald all died m 1940.rnMost of Bijou’s possessions—includingrnher Picasso drawings and the lettersrnFitzgerald wrote to her in the earlyrnI930’s—had been stored in Druce’s furniturernwarehouse when her father returnedrnfrom France in 1936 and wererndestroyed during the London Blitz inrn1940. After transport routes had suddenlyrnbeen changed during the Blitz, Bijournwas knocked down one dark nightrnbv a bus. Her leg had to be amputated,rnand she was fitted with a wooden one.rnWhen she sued London Transport forrnreckless driving, the latter’s lawyer enragedrnthe judge (who later becamernLord Denning) by claiming she had sufferedrn”a trifling injury,” and she wasrnawarded substantial damages that supportedrnher for many years. One of herrnlouche friends once persuaded her tornsmuggle contraceptives into Ireland inrnthe hollow of her artificial leg.rnDuring the war Bijou—a notoriouslyrnindiscreet but highly gifted linguist inrnFrench, Russian, Polish, Greek, and Chinesern—worked for the Russian departmentrnof military intelligence at the WarrnOffice in Northumberland Street, offrnTrafalgar Square. She became a greatrnfriend of Major-General Sir Guy Gloverrnand of Major-General Edward Spearsrn(whose wife, the novelist Mary Borden,rnhad been Wyndham Lewis’s mistressrnbefore her marriage).rnShe resumed her luxurious but parasiticrnlife in Monaco in the late 1940’srnand early I950’s. At the end of thatrndecade she spent several uneasy monthsrnwith Michael, who had scarcely knownrnhis mother, at his home in Nottinghamshire.rnShe planned ])ut never wroternher autobiography, to be called Interludernin Attica. After living alone at 88rnEccleston Square near Victoria Station,rnshe finally settled into a near-pennilessrnexistence with a circle of old-age pensionersrnin Hove, where she died shortlyrnafter her taped interview in the fall ofrn1975.rnChristopher Clairmonte, who paintedrntwo portraits of the elderly Bijou, recalledrnthe squalid end of her adventurousrnlife in the Sunday Times Magazine ofrnJuly 3, 1983: “She was nearly blind, andrnhad an artificial leg as a result of an accident,rnso there was not a lot she couldrndo for herself. We turned back a rug,rnand found it was a heaving mass ofrninsects, so we took it straight out andrndumped it in a skip. The place was arnmass of dog messes because her Peke—rnshe always had Pekes and adoredrnthem—hadn’t been able to get outrnregularly.”rnDespite her brief appearance inrnFitzgerald’s life, Bijou was more importantrnto Fitzgerald than he was to her.rnThough he reacted against her arrogantrnattitude and reckless way of life, and satirizedrnher in his fiction, he desperatelyrnneeded her companionship and enjoyedrnher wit and charm. Fitzgerald was onernof Bijou’s more interesting lovers. Shernrecognized herself in his works, madernhim the subject of her own amusing stories,rnand survived to have the last wordrnabout their affair.rnJeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the RoyalrnSociety of Literature, has publishedrnbiographies of Hemingway, Lawrence,rnConrad, and Toe. lie is now writing arnlife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.rnWEALrnW^f^^’^^rnMf’lr j^t^^^”^ Mrn’ « • • .rn. .^ j – i :rnTalking Factsrnby Paul GottfriedrnThe New Anti-SemitismrnIn October 1992 Commentary printedrnan “observation” by David Glasner,rn”Hayek and the Conservatives,” whichrnabounded in glaring disinformation.rnThe pictures there given of the AmericarnFirst movement as a rallying point forrnanti-Semitic kooks and of the Old Rightrnas a collection of bigoted psychopaths,rnpending the arrival of the neoconservativesrnand their Havekian predecessors,rnillustrate one of the ugliest characteristicsrnof the left—its periodical reconstructionrnof the past for the sake of presentrnideological agendas. Never mindrnthe well-documented facts provided byrnJustus Doenecke, Wayne Cole, andrnother historians of the American isolationists:rnthat America First consistedrnheavily of liberal Republicans; that itrnincluded leftists like Chester Bowlesrnand Norman Thomas; and that its leadershiprnwas emphatic about discouragingrnanti-Semites from joining.rnMoreover, Hayek was not the figure,rnas Glasner contends, who turned Americanrnconservatives around. The Austrianrneconomist’s brief against socialism wasrnthought to Bt into an already establishedrnconservative ease for limited constitutionalrngovernment. Many isolationistsrnbelieved they were making that casernwhen they opposed FDR’s interventionistrnpolicies. For them those policies rep-rn44/CHRONICLESrnrnrn