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#0276: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant [February 13, 1914]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Elsie1:

Sunday I had a headache and stiff neck. Also a little scratch on the back of the neck, up under the hair. It got infected—Heaven only knows how. Tuesday two specialists; now bandages and poultices—filthy black ones—and forty tooth-aches in the back of my head. Hope to get out in three weeks, that’s the best time I can make, it seems. The Hoyts4 came this afternoon, and I think it was so nice of them. But I was bandages without and morphia within and couldn’t see them. The thing’s so abominably painful! Write sometime, but don’t hurry. I’m too stupid to read letters or remember what they contain. Such a silly ailment I can’t take it very seriously. My one real interest in life is to work the doctors for all the narcotics I can get out of them. I haven’t lied to get white tablets so far, but I may. In three weeks you’ll hear from me.

Yours W. S. C.
Miss Elizabeth Sergeant1 4 Hawthorn Road Brookline3 Mass. NEW YORK, N.Y. STA. D2 FEB 13, 1914 9 PM