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#0644: Willa Cather to Orrick Johns, November 17, 1922

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How splendid of you to write me that nice letter! And I can't tell you how glad I am that you like Antonia4 and Claude5. You wouldn't have made a bad Sherlock Holmes6. You are the first sleuth who has dug the Parsifal7 theme out of Claude Wheeler--and I thought I had buried it so deep--deep! Yet, all through the first part of the book, I kept promising myself that I would put "The Blameless Fool, by Pity Enlightened"8 on the title page, where I eventually put a line9 from10 PVachel Lindsay11. Now, either you or I did pretty well, when the theme got through to you out of absolute and consistent reticence.

I am going West next week to be gone until about the middle of January, but then I shall be home on Friday afternoons until I sail for France12 in March. Won't you and Mrs. Johns13 please try to come in often on Fridays? You are such near neighbors now that it ought to be easy, and I enjoyed seeing you so much when you were here before.

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather