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#0300: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, April 28 [1915]

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Here is a hasty first cast at the Epilogue4, which will be rather casual and not more conclusive than this first draft. I begin to feel as Stevenson5 did about his wife6 and The Black Arrow7, when he waited in vain for it to take hold of her8. I have a mournful conviction that you do not get what you look for from this book, and that you find it eccentric and unsatisfying. I would do almost anything to pleae please you, except change the story, which I can't do. If you feel reluctant about publishing it, there is still time to call it off. I am sure that if you can give it an approving push at the start, it will make its way to a good many people. If it doesn't, and I am mistaken, then you will have a right to be severe with me. I hate to feel that I am not living up to your expectations, but I feel so much more confidence in this book than I did in the other9.

Faithfully Willa Cather

If you go ahead with this, will you please make a note that I am to have three pulls of each galley proof? I always use two in correcting, and one is to go to a musical expert10.