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#0262: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, [July 27, 1913]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Elsie1

Damn this paper? Yes, but I got a lot by mistake and I have to use it up on people who know the worst of me. As soon as I really care about people, I begin to give 'em my worst—always. Please send the correspondence school novel along when it’s ready. I’m glad to read, but I’m not up to writing much these days. Long ago I promised McClure’s3 an article4 on the Metropolitan ballet some- day—not that I know anything about it—now they are in a rush and I have to stay over in this cursed heat another week and write it—or break my word, which I ought never to have given. However, I guess I can stand punishment for a week. Of course no dancers, no trainers in town2 whatever; expect a shockingly shabby article. But it can’t be helped now. “Enough of that,” as Fremstad5 said when wrote that the moonlight was shining on the sea.

Elsie, the notices are simply too good to be true. The Western ones all say its just like that. Did you see the Transcript6 one7? May I send you some of the best? It’s not what they say about me that I want you to see, but what they say about the country.

I do hope I can come to you in October, but do not refrain from asking anyone else because I hope, for a dozen things may turn up to keep me away. I go to Virginia8 with Isabelle9 for September, that is certain.

I’m so happy that the West likes the book. I’d love to have you see the reviews. They’re so hearty, and have such a note of personal enthusiasm in them.

Everything good to you!

As always W.