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#0251: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, February 2 [1913]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Elsie1:

I have begun to wonder if you are ever coming home. For the last two weeks I have been wishing with unusual fervor that I could see you, and I have been thinking about you a great deal. When one finishes a longish piece of work5 in which one has been happy and comfortable, one feels as if one had been pulled out of one’s shell–rather raw and sore to the winds of the world, and defenseless against people one does not care about who take up one’s time for nothing. I wish I could have a few hours with you. I think you’ll like my new apartment. I’m trying not to take it seriously, and I’m not wearing myself out shopping for it. It’s good to be back near the Opera6. I go often. Please write me about yourself. I care a great deal about you. I am quite weary of wanting to see you.

W. S. C.
Miss Elizabeth Sergeant1 c/o Hortinguer & Cie, Bankers 38 rue de Provence Paris3 France. c/o Mme Easton Paris 85 Rue de Sèvres NEW YORK. NY STATE2 FEB 2 1913 8 PM PARIS.R.R. ETRANGER3 F[illegible]B 13 730