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SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRES: Jean brings Katherine, an American student, to an apartment in the Saint-Germain district of Paris and then gets rid of her the next morning by announcing that he is going to join his father in Mexico. Later, Katherine attends her art class and discovers that Jean is one of the male models. Disillusioned, she allows herself to be picked up by another man, Raymond, only to be taken back to the same flat; Raymond had loaned both his car and his apartment to Jean. GARE DU NORD: While her husband eats his breakfast, Odile complains bitterly that her life lacks both romance and adventure. As tempers flare, Odile storms out of the house and is nearly run down by a well-dressed man in an expensive car. After making his apologies, the man tells Odile that he had decided to kill himself, but he will give up the idea if she will go away with him. When Odile rejects his offer, the stranger leaps from a railway bridge. RUE SAINT-DENIS: Léon, a shy dishwasher on the Rue Saint-Denis, finally finds the courage to bring a prostitute to his room, but he talks so incessantly that the prostitute decides to stay for dinner before taking care of business. PLACE DE L'ETOILE: On his way to work, salesman Jean-Marc collides with a derelict on the Place de l'Etoile and, during the ensuing altercation, strikes the man with his umbrella. The man falls to the ground, and Jean-Marc flees, certain that he has committed murder. For weeks he searches the papers for news of the incident, until one day he sees his victim having a similar argument with another commuter. MONTPARNASSE-LEVALLOIS: Monica mails a letter to each of her two lovers--Ivan, a sculptor, and Roger, a coachbuilder--confirming the time and place of their next meetings. Certain that she has mixed up the envelopes, she visits the two men and tries to cover her mistake. Both men throw her out, however, and Monica realizes that she did not mix up the envelopes. LA MUETTE: Tired of his parents' quarreling about money, his mother's health, and his father's flirtations with the maid, a young boy buys earplugs to blot out the noise of their arguments. The earplugs are so effective that when his mother falls down the stairs, the son is unable to hear her cries for help.