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What a dear boy you were to send me lovely
flowers for my Christmas! Nothing that came to me pleased me so much as
those dear flowers. The daffodils are still fresh after the fourth day and
the violets perfumed the sitting room even after they began to fade. You
sent the very flowers Roscoe5 and
Douglass6 used always to send me.
Maybe you will take their place. They were the
only members of my family who ever thought me worth the slightest
exx extravagance—which after all is merely an
expression of real affection—I know that, for I have loved and admired many
people in my life, and that feeling always made ne me want to give them something lovely.
I have no doubt that the remaining members of my family might scrape a
little fund together if I were in desperate need—to keep face, as the Japs
say. But it's the things we don't
need which tell us when people
and love us—and they warm our hearts.