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#1853: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, [January to March, 1923]

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you will understand that. I can always borrow money—there are plenty of people who would be glad to lend it to me, but one has one's pride about such things. What I want to ask you is—keep an eye on things, try to persuade father3 to get a new carpet and the right things to make them comfortable. The point I want to make is that I don't want them to think they must go without things to send money to me. Only we do wonder why he had to give so much to Jack4 and Jim5!

Well, I've only the tenderest thoughts for all at home, dear. I get vexed, but that always passes, and the fondness is so much deeper than the vexation.

Elsie1, please do this for me: Please show Margie6 these kodaks and tell her they are the pictures of "Miss Isabelle's7 home8 in France9," where I am going. She begged and begged me to send her some—one of her queer requests (Margie's) that we like to humor. Tell her the little tower in the yard is for doves above and rabbits below! You will see explanation on the back of each. Please show them to Margie and tell her about them.

With much love, dear Bobbie Willa

Give my especial love to mother10.