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I was so pleased, dear Meta1, to get a
birthday greeting from you – and I am glad you greeted me in the language of your childhood4. I
have never gone back on the language – or on the old friends I had from that part of the world. Not long
ago Miss Lewis5 remarked, "I am glad
F.B.I. are not a literary bunch.
All the really likeable characters in your early books are Germans. I am
afraid they might investigate you."
I had a very happy birthday – nice letters from Mary Virginia6 and little Margaret7. What a busting child my grandnephew Shannon8 seems to be
.! When I first met
him, when he was exactly twenty hours old, he looked to me as if he were out
for a wrestle with the world.