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#0746: Willa Cather to Zoë Akins, October 4 [1924]

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Dear Zoë1

I am so sorry. But that was a fortunate way for a man to die. I'm awfully glad you I saw your father4, you remember you brought him over once just when I was starting for Nebraska5. I like to know my friends' families—it somehow makes them seem more real. I begin to think that just an isolated individual, no single individual, is very real. Does that ever strike you? I'm glad you wrote me from the train—and I'm afraid you were right, that the worst was yet to come—when you got home.6 But hope for the best for you. Leave home and get back to New York7 as soon as you can, that will be the best thing for you. I'm so sorry you have to move, those big quiet rooms we were a perfect setting for you and all your friends. I will be back on Bank Street8 about the 25th of this month. Be sure to send me your new address. The autumn is lovely here. I was here, you remember, on this mountain when I first heard of the success of "Déclassé."9

With my love and sympathy Willa