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#2546: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf, [December 5, 1933 to May 24, 1935]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Friends1;

A wine for princes, simply that! And one I had never tasted, though I've been in the South3 a lot. I have been laying the foundation of a long friendship with it tonight. It's soft as a purple butterfly's wing.

The case arrived on Friday. For the first time in history Josephine4 came bursting into my room and into my afternoon nap, like a joyful elephant. Her husband5 had been in that Rothschild vineyard6 many times, because two of his friends worked there. I had the size and history of the vineyard pretty well ground into me before I could get to the invaluable Martin Shand7. It is a superb wine, and shall be reserved for special occasions when I feel a little hard and fo want to have a glow put into things, a kind of stained glass treatment of pallid daylight.

Gratefully, your fortunate Willa Cather