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#1919: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, [March 29, 1934]

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Dear Sister1;

Six weeks ago I sprained the large tendon of my left whist wrist, did nothing about it, got up an inflammation, and now for four weeks my left hand has been in splints, entirely useless, and my right hand has so much to do all day that I am forbidden to write at all. That's why you've not heard from me. But it I want you to know why I 2 am silent. I don't even try to work—heat and light treatments take two hours a day, and every act of life takes twice as long when you have but one hand.

Until this week Yehudi4 and his dear family5 have been in town2, and they have done everything to keep me from being bored. You know I always could forget my troubles if I could play with nice children, and these three are surely surely the children of the gods. We've been reading6 Shakespeare7 aloud together—finished "Richard II"8 the night before Yehudi started for the West Coast.

I never would have known how beautiful his nature is, or how loyal his young heart, if I hadn't had a bad hand, I expect. If one is ill or hurt, sympathy breaks down the reserve which to me is one of his greatest charms. So I've got something out of even this hand-in-a-box!

With love Willie
Miss Elsie M. Cather1 1030 South 52nd St. Lincoln3 Nebraska NEW YORK, N.Y STA Y2 MAR 29 1934 2—PM Y.M.