The Green Grenade is a short story that appeared in Collier’s Magazine 8 September, 1928. Written by Arthur Mills it is billed in the magazine as “The story of an indiscretion which was to have been a farewell to all indiscretions”. I think it was a pretty bold story in regards to what young Marilyan got up to one night in the Port of Columbo with a dashing Foreign Legion officer. There is a lot left to the reader’s imagination in this story and I was left wondering if the young woman would be true to her middle aged fiancee or to her new beau. You find out in the end that “A middle-aged bachelor who wanted a safe wife had to be careful“.
I was also a bit perplexed by the reference to the green grenade as the insignia of the Foreign Legion. The grenade surely is but I’m not sure about the color. I supposed that a green grenade might have been used as an insignia of the Foreign Legion at one time but I usually see the grenade in gold, white or red. Green shows up on some enlisted shoulder boards and collar insignia but I don’t see it on officers when looking through my reference books. Nonetheless, it’s fiction.
Admin Note: I’ve been away for a while on vacation–hence the lack of posts to this blog. I spent time in the wonderful city of Toronto visiting relatives. It was not the first time in that city or in Canada but I must note that it really hit me during this trip just how beautiful it really is up there. Everywhere was clean, neat, trimmed and orderly. I cannot recall seeing a dumpy area at all–even in some of the congested areas of Toronto. Even their urban sprawl (strip malls) was not offensive or over done. A day trip we took to Port Perry (a touristy lake town 30 minutes northeast of Toronto) was a highlight and I enjoyed just driving around the side streets looking at the beautiful houses and expertly landscaped yards. Kudo’s to Canadians for showing us all how rural and urban living spaces can be maintained so well.