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#1688: Willa Cather to Zoë Akins, [January 16, 1945]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Zoe1;

How kind you were to send the glorious camelias! They reached my door3 as fresh as when they left the garden, and are in a low-squatting glass bowl on my writing table at this moment—some of the petals just a little darkened at the tip. They have given me so much pleasure through this week of storm and snow and bitter cold. With Yehudi4's orange tree and Nola5's cyclamen, they and yours. They, all together, have given me a tropical interior to live in.

Last night three more inches of snow fell—on top of a sea of slush. My writing hand6 is pretty bad as you can judge. I take it out of its brace7 for two hours every morning with to write on a story8 that absorbs me. It is better to carry my hand around in a sling than to be bored to death all the time! I have just loved your flowers, Zoë.

Mrs. Hugo Rumbold1 2041 2077 Brigden Road Pasadena9 California NEW YORK, N.Y.2 JAN 16 1945 5 PM