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#2270: Willa Cather to Meta Schaper Cather, October 27, 1941

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# Miss Bloom4 prefers the ugly new spellings, such as "sulfer"!

My dear Meta1:

I wonder whether you noticed that I was a little languid all the time I was in5 California6; more languid than a hurt hand7 seemed to warrant? When I left New York2 in June, I knew that I was an# aemic but I thought perhaps travel8 would brace me up. When I got back to New York I found that my normal blood count of 80 had gone down to 58, so I didn't wonder that I had been feeling pale and drooping. To remedy it, I have been taking three injections of liver a week and various preparations of iron. I have brought the count up to 67; and even at that feel much better – much more like my real self. I mean to bring it up to 80 again, though it's a nuisance going to the doctor to get punctured in the thigh three times a week. A little improvement has made such a difference in disposition that I intend to climb back to the brighter side, if I can.

Mary Virginia9 tells me that Margaret10 is growing into a beautiful housekeeper. She liked the Shannons' apartment so much, and she says that the slip-covers Margaret has made for all her furniture are masterpieces! Virginia had hers made by Lord & Taylor's upholstry department, and she declares they do not fit nearly as well as those Margaret made with her own hands. I call it pretty smart of a young housekeeper to be able to do upholstering. Mary Virginia is a pretty smart housekeeper herself, and her praise has great weight with me.

If I can get my blood count right again and feel some energy when I waken up in the morning, I mean to go out to see Margaret's place. But I shall see her herself long before that.

Please drop me a line from time to time and tell me how Ross11 does12. I am always so glad to hear from either of you.

Lovingly to you both, Willie
Mrs. R. C. Cather1, Colusa3, California. NEW YORK N.Y.2 OCT 26 1941 8PM