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#0195: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, [June 4, 1911]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Miss Sergeant1;

This time the candy came straight to the mark, and I've now been nibbling at it for three days with the greatest possible comfort. And there is still lots and lots of it left, you sent such a big box. I have had a great deal of fun out of that box.

One of the Hull House5 women came to the office yesterday. She said that Miss Wyatt6 has given herself over wholly to the cause of the White Slave7; that she never talks or thinks about anything else, and feels pretty bitterly toward those of us here who didn't sympathize with her. I'm sorry. I've seldome been more disappointed than I was when I found that we had no possible point of contact. She seems to me to be maddened by having lived to long in the company of a horrible idea—like Electra8. She used to frighten me. Her eyes seemed to burn with a rage to destroy the germ which replenishes the race. I cant chat comfortably with people who are panting for the destruction of anything. Would that she could forget it all, and begin to be touched by the amusing traits of human nature again! Oh I must tell you; she says that the ones who go back to it are the most wronged slaves of all for they have been made the slaves of an appetite! Aren't we all?, Even Miss Wyatt and Cassandra9, the slaves of some taste or other?

Miss McClung10 arrives Tuesday, and I hope we shall be seeing Miss Goldmark11 within the next week. I wish you could be here. I awfully want Isabelle to know you, and you'd like her. She's so fond of lovely things and so full of them, and so frightened of reformers.

Thanks a million million times for everything. And I'm so glad you got in to have tea with me!

Faithfully Willa Cather
Miss Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant1 4 Hawthorne Road Brookline3 Mass. NEW YORK, N. Y. STA.D2 JUN 4 1911 10-PM