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How can I thank you for the beautiful Italian flagons! Since a smashing disaster some weeks ago, I have been pouring salad oil out of a cologne bottle, as I was too busy to go forth in search of a new oil and vinegar set—most of them are hideously ugly. I have certainly never seen such beautiful ones as these in New York2. They proclaim the lovely island where they were made—just up the lagoon from Venice4
Please thank Mr. Knopf5 for the Blunt Diary6, which I have read with delight. I shall be in the office sometime this week.
From now on I shall be at home on Friday afternoons again—do try to come in sometime. They are not often as funereal as one you happened upon last spring!
Until I see you, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Yours Willa Cather