with those cool, kind words, she brought me to. She made me conscious
of myself as a half-grown boy, rather ridiculous, rather more funny than
tragic, certainly not devastating at all. And I had an actor's quick repulsion
for a role he doesn't fit, for a part in which he cannot cut an impressive
"I can't quite remember how I got out of that classroom. Maybe it is just as well! I think she took my hand and pressed it, very kindly. I think I muttered something about 'understanding,' about being 'grateful,' and then I was out of the room. That was my first 'big love scene'!
"She advised me to grow up. She did not realize, I think, that in those few moments I had grown up. A man walked out of that schoolroom. The boy must still be there, somewhere about.
The charm of Boyer's personality is indefinable,
but a clipping from the French press reads thusly:
"He carries one away like a cork in an avalanche."
"I GRADUATED from school in Figeac," Charles continued, "and I entered the Sorbonne at the age of eighteen. Few words passed between my mother and myself as to my future plans. She had said what she had to say, and so had I. Neither of us is given to talking for the sake of it.
lived, while at the Sorbonne, in a Paris pension. I was not free in
the sense of which one thinks of a young student alone in Paris being.
The life the young student leads all depends upon his family. If a
boy's people place him, as I was placed,
On the other hand "Private Worlds," with
Claudette Colbert, was exactly to his liking.