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#0655: Willa Cather to Zoë Akins, December 6 [1922]

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Dearest Zoë1

You3 needn't have bothered to telegraph me—I knew you'd understand my prejudice even if you were amused by it. Charley Towne4 gets my goat. I told the Knopfs5 to let him see it6 after they had shown it to the three editors to whom Mrs. Knopf had already telephoned.

Really, Zoë, a little prairie town in winter is very thrilling, if one has the physical hardihood to endure it. The out-of-doors is wonderful: Blinding sunlight all day, crystal moonlight all night. Father7 has a closed car with a heater in it, and he drives me about among all the Scandinavian and Bohemian settlements all day long. I'm having more excitement than I can ever manage to get in New York8 or Paris9. It's so satisfying to watch the same human stories go on and on, to see how the lives I know so well come out in the end, the dramas that reach over so many years, and that work out so unexpectedly—and yet so logically, when you know all the elements in the case.

A thousand loving greetings to you dear Zoë, and please let me see lots of you when I get back.

Devotedly Willa