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#0076: Willa Cather to Mariel C. Gere, August 28, 1902

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My Dearest Mariel1;

Every day since I have been here2—four weeks now—I have said, “tomorrow I will write to Mariel.” But you know how many things there are to do. Isabelle4 and I find this the most interesting family to stay with. Both the old ladies are as kind as possible and Mme. Martou5 certainly is an admirable and remarkable woman. Pierre6 is good for nothing but to look at and enters the army next month. Blanche7 is away. Dorothy8 and I do not agree at all about Mlle. Céline9. Dorothy joined us in London10, spent three weeks with us there and came on to Paris with us. She left some days ago to join her parents11 in Scotland12. A New York13 girl14 who is a classmate of Dorothy’s is stopping here at 11 rue Cluny, and we like her tremendously. Heaven knows its a comfort to have a sane American somewhere near, who believes in baths and self control and has no “temperament”! We three went out to Barbizon15 together and have a great many gay parties. We also ran across Louise Pound’s16 friend Miss Lathrop17 in London and how we did like her. Why Mariel, that girl just put in her days showing us about and being nice to us. I hated mightily to say goodbye to her. We have been singularly fortunate in meeting the nicest kind of people ever since we started out, and, after all, people count more than places, do they not? We leave for a two weeks walking trip through Provence18 and along the Mediterranean19 next Monday. I have enjoyed both Paris and London, of course, but I like the country even better. We had a delightful [illegible] walking trip up the Valley of the Oise20, the scene of Stevenson’s21 “Inland voyage.”22

I have good news to tell you: Douglass23 expects to spend next winter with me in Pittsburgh24. He will meet us at the docks when we return to America25. Won’t that be famous? I have so much to tell you that it is useless to try to write it. I will certainly see you next summer if you are at home. My warmest love to your dear mother26 and Frances27 and Ellen28, and Isabelle and the Sibuts join me in a great deal to you.

Faithfully always Willa
Miss Mariel C. Gere1 D. & Ninth Streets Lincoln3 Nebraska U. S. A. [missing]RIS2 25 R. DANTON 28 8 02 1902