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I can't really write a letter (my right hand being in Dr. Ober3's brace again), and I can't explain why I didn't write to you before I got into the brace. Just let me name a few items which are responsible for my conduct:
Oh, Elsie, I did think of you a lot in that first terrible cold snap
.! I think the country is an awfully risky place to live for a lone woman
- unless she ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ is one of Miss Jewett13's
lone women! Now that this present cold weather has come on, I feel sure you are
either in town or staying with one of your sisters14, or one of your friends. I feel the cold as I never did
before, simply because I am eighteen pounds underweight15. With the awful food situation, and the watered milk that is delivered to us, I don't
see how I am going to be normal. Please forgive my shortcomings and just let me know
where you are, and how you are. That would be a great comfort. I don't ask you to
write a letter, for I don't deserve it. Let me repeat to you the cable from
George16 and Florence Arliss17 which simply says, "HAPPY NEW YEAR ANYHOW!"