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#0109: Willa Cather to Viola Roseboro', [October 1905]

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you1 are particularly able to understand one's qualms on such a point as this. It would be awfully good of you to write me from your heart about it.

I know, my dear Lady, what you mean about that story3's being "distant," the Bertha one. It is a rather hard and chilly tale. But as you say4, an intimate treatment would mean space and length, and it seems to me too purely a mind–story, too "shoppy" and not enough concerned with the big emotions to warrant extension.

I'm so glad you like the idea of our being able to talk over things when I get down there5 [missing] mean a great deal to me. We ought to be able to brace each other up a good deal.

I must try "The Golden Bowl"6 again. I read it last winter7 when that Canfield8 misery9 was on and much of it is dark to me. Maggie and Charlotte I feel that I got, but the Prince was lost in the dazzle of his own charm, he ran through my fingers and escaped me utter.

Do you know yet what the new Kipling10 story11 is to be about? I hope and I tremble.

Do drop me a line, dear Lady, and tell me whether the moon has a silver ring [missing]

Lovingly Willa S. C.