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#0199: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, June 27, 1911

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South Berwick2.
Dear Miss Sergeant1:

Some day I am going to answer your nice letter, and tell you how glad I am that you found anything to like in those stories of mine5. They were written a long while ago and seem very far away from me. I can't see much in them now but the raging bad temper of a young person kept away from the things she wanted. The note of personal discomfort does distort, even in the Western ones. Not very long ago6 I published a little western story7 which I think is candid and not chesty. If I can find a copy some day I will send it to you.

But this note is only to thank you for your good letter and to let you know that I am in p the place of all places where I can rest most perfectly, and that I am saluting you from the little desk where it all happened8. In this garden I can forget the facts that do confront us—Rex Beach9 and the White Slave10 and all such cheerful things; all the overwhelming vulgarity in which we live. It's good to come here where that the very young woman11 seems always to be moving about over the smooth garden paths—always a little disdainful, and a little; little self-conscious then—and to brood upon it that we had once that flash of elegance. Never was a house so permeated by a presence as this one is.

Miss Goldmark12 delivered your message—we had a splendid evening with her—and you may be sure that if I can go to Dublin3, I'll at least telegraph and give you the chance to say that you are or are not otherwise engaged. I would love to go. I'll be going down to New York13, alas, tomorrow.

FaithfullyWilla Cather
Miss Elizabeth Sergeant1 Dublin3 Dublin New Hampshire SOUTH BERWICK ME2 JUN 27 1911 5 PM DUBLIN, N. H. 3 JUN 28 1911 2 PM MONADNOCK, N. H.4 JUN 29 1911 2 AM MONADNOCK, N. H.