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#1753: Willa Cather to Julian Lawrence Maline, March 3, 1947

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Father Maline1:

It gives me great pleasure to permit you to quote the few lines3 about Father Noel Chabanel4. I, also, felt a very special interest in him - he came nearer to my sympathies, I think, than any other of his fellow martyrs. One cannot explain a special interest toward a single one in a group of heroic men who made the supreme sacrifice. But if one feels this interest, one must express it. Indeed, that spontaneous feeling of kinship with a place or person is the most pleasurable part of a writer's work.

Thanking you for your kind and friendly letter, I am

Faithfully yours, Willa Cather