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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