"Now that the bad weather had come, we could leave Paris for a while for a place where this rain would be snow coming down through the pines..."

  It was not just the rain giving the Hemingways good reason to leave Paris. The winter of 1921-22 brought with it another outbreak of grippe (flu), and the fear that surrounded the disease was well founded: the pandemic that followed World War I in 1918 -- affecting nearly the entire world -- is thought to have claimed more lives than the Black Death.