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#1187: Willa Cather to Blanche Wolf Knopf, July 20 [1933]

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7-24 ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Blanche1;

I can't believe I have been here2 almost two weeks! Nothing happens but delightful weather and the rapid blooming of wild flowers that have to do a whole summer's work in three months. The wild roses are just coming on here—with you they are gone by this time.

Yesterday I was delighted to get a note from Pat3, on terrifying official stationary4. I shall set out to cultivate Pat. I want him to be a real friend of mine.

Tell Alfred5 I shall write him just as soon as I have done an honest week's work6 at my desk. I am ashamed to write him how lazy I have been, but I'm beginning to feel bored with loafing all the time and doing nothing but walk. The woods are rather stunted and scrubby because they lie on the edge of the sea and have to fight the winter winds so hard. But they are grand to walk in because they are empty of human kind. I go for miles without ever meeting anyone. Miss Lewis7 and my little niece8 are both here, but I usually walk alone.

My love to you both, dear Blanche, and special love to Pat. Please write me soon.

Devotedly always Willa Cather