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#0258: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, April 28 [1913]

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Dear Elsie1:

I am running off to Boston5 for a week with Mrs. Fields6, and before I start for the train I must again remind you that I am counting on your stopping with me a few days–as long as you can–when you land. And I want to add that although I am counting on it a whole lot, more and more every week, I shant be snippy or 'feminine' if, when I meet you at the boat, you tell me that you are going to chuck me and go right through to Boston. So you must not feel that you “ought” to stop in New York2 with W. S. C. etc., and that that is one thing more between you and getting settled. Don’t, please, let me be an ought. I am writing this now because, as I turn toward Boston, the number of people I’ve promised to visit, stare me in the face. And I’m not going to visit them. It’s outrageous in one to let people they like become a tax. So I write to beg you not to let me be a “tax”; to tell you that I am tremendously hoping that you can stay awhile with me, and that if you can’t you are not to fidget one second. You won’t have to “get past” me to the 42nd St station. You know what I mean.

Houghton Mifflin changed their plans five days ago and decided to bring “Pioneers”7 out in June8. I read the whole lot of proofs in three days, and this time it seemed pretty good again. I must tell you about the Swede girl9 who posed for the frontispiece10. And Fremstad11, wonderful Fremstad! New countries are easy to reach; but to get find a new kind of human creature, to get inside an a new skin–that’s always finest sport there is, isn’t it? Farrar12 is good fun, too–Manon13 after Isolde14. So, you see, I’ve much to tell you.

A gay goodbye to you W. S. C.
Miss Elizabeth S. Sergeant1 c/o Hortigner + Cie, Bankers 38 rue de Provence Paris3 c/o Mme Graham 20 Rue de la République Avignon4 (Vaucluse) France NEW YORK, N.Y.STA2 APR 29 1913 5:30 PM