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#0217: Willa Cather to S. S. McClure, [March 13, 1912]

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Dear Mr. McClure1

You would have heard from me before this if everything had gone on well here2. I arrived on Friday morning and on Saturday night Mrs. McClung3 had a stroke and all day Sunday and Monday her doctor thought that she could not possibly rally. She was unconscious from Saturday night until Tuesday afternoon and her life seemed only a question of hours. But she has now recovered the use of her body and is at least dimly conscious. She has taken nourishment for the last twenty-four hours and really has a fighting chance. We4 are all pretty well used up by this time and I am going to bed to sleep for a week. I've been sleeping regularly and eating regularly and taking the air, but in spite of going through the routine of living, I suppose we have all of us been waiting, and not living at all. Now that there is a fair chance for Mrs. McClung, I shall begin to get good from the quiet here. I am afraid the mere fright I got has pulled me back a little.

I'm so glad you liked "Spanish Johnny."5 He was a real man whom I knew when I was a little girl, and I never heard him utter a sound except to swear or sing. I hope Miss Roseboro'6 will like that one, too.

Be sure to let me know what your plans are, Mr. McClure, and when you expect to sail. Isabelle sends her most cordial greetings to you and I am, as ever

Faithfully yours Willa Cather