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#0715: Willa Cather to Helen McAfee, February 7, 1924

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Miss McAfee1:

Since I got your letter, I haven't had a minute. I did think I would have got off a few paragraphs about Dr. Collin3's book4 to you before this, but I have failed to do so.

I find that if I scatter my energies I get all balled up and begin to hate living and think it all a dreary chore. When one gets into that state of mind, one is no good to anybody, so it is better to keep pleasant even if one has to be disobliging. If I get to feeling bowed down by undone tasks, I find a meek, apologetic tone creeping into my story, so I am awfully wary about taking on side commissions--and that is how it is!

You will forgive me, won't you? I will come up with something for you some time5. We6 are hoping that you will get in to see us on one of our Fridays in February.

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather