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To Mabel Dodge Luhan,
Are there instead of in because of father's illness and the effort of moving out of the apartment. Also, Edith's mother had a stroke. What a year! seems to be going well. Willa [Stout #900]
Appreciated his sending her the . Glad he has had a good trip to . Received an honorary doctorate from University of Michigan in June, then went to . Here on the since early August, writing. Impossible to tell when a good work period will come. Leaving in three days for and back to . Willa Cather [Stout #745]
To Elsie Cather,
, postcard showing
the Castel Sant'Angelo,
This is the unimpressive Tiber river with St. Peter's Basilica and Hadrian's tomb [now Castel Sant'Angelo]. Spent part of the day before in the Palace of the Caesars. The rooms are all taller than Red Cloud's standpipe. Had to take a day's rest after walking so much in Caesar's house last week. W.S.C.
To Elsie Cather,
, from , postcard
Image on the postcard is the dome of St. Peter's cathedral from the Roman gardens, where she first saw it. Likes to sit by the fountains and watch the sunlight reflect off the columns. Listening to the fountains one can learn more than , for modern Europe and the modern mind were made here. St. Peter's and the Vatican defined western civilization. Willie S. C.
To Roscoe Cather,
on postcard of Villa Doria Pamphilia,
This is the dome of St. Peter's from the garden where she saw it for the first time. One sees it in the east from everywhere, and soon realizes that modern Europe was made here, from even before the crowning of . Second to the grandeur of the Roman Empire is the Catholic of medieval days. Willa
Has just returned from a week in the . Spent two days in and is enjoying the Pompeiian collection at the Naples Museum, also the beautiful Bay of Naples. The classical world seems close at hand. Has regained enough Latin to read and . Remembers seeing a picture of the bust of in a textbook when was her teacher, and now has seen it at the museum. Farmers working their fields just as in . Goes on to next week. Willa [Stout #137]
To Roscoe Cather,
on letterhead, from
Has been in since January and is now, after a couple of weeks with Mrs. Deland, back in the comfortable, old-fashioned Parker House. Has been seeing many remarkable people, including Winthrop Ames, an arts patron interested in Ibsen who has an air of ennui and the grandson of Otis [actually, Oliver] . Listening to him talk, one thinks of that rocky monument to the on the mountain [near Laramie, Wyoming], and knows that they were not bothered with ennui. Oh, well, it is difficult being one of the first generation of sophisticates—think of the talk they heard about the Troll Garden. Is sailing for with Isabelle on either April 8 on the Carpathia or on April 11 on the Freiderich der Grosse. Itinerary includes , , and , , a 300-mile walk along the Mediterranean from to , , , and finally . Seems odd to go to after its long life in her imagination and education. One could say that , , and were the three main cities in . May or may not stop at ; has letters of introduction to Kipling, , Barrie, and , among others, but is more interested in places and ancient ruins than people right now. By comparison with Roman civilization, our own looks pretty shabby. The Roman civilization is still preserved in southern France, where people still live as in . Has bought Roscoe several excellent pictures in : , (old Dutch), by Jules Breton, and , by , and , all for $16.23, which Roscoe now owes her. Hopes he and Meta like them. If he doesn't appreciate the , she will be angry, as she has one and loves it. It was Jessie who thought he would like . Would have preferred to send older French and Dutch images herself, but thought he might prefer these moderns. Does he like ? Willie