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To Laura

129 Mount Vernon Street, March 24, 1881.
My darling Laura,
The March wind blows, and gives me the spleen. I don't care about anything, don't want my books, nor my friends, nor nothing. But you, poor child, may not be in this wicked, not caring condition, and so I will write you, having oughted to for a considerable time. Nothing stays put, not even put-ty. Letters don't stay answered, faces don't stay washed, clothes don't stay either clean or new. Children won't stay the youngest. The world won't stay anywhere, anyhow. Forty years ago was good enough for me. Why could n't it stay? Now, I see you undertaking to comfort me in good earnest, and know just how you would begin by saying: “Well, it should!” ... Nunc Richard1 here yesterday. Remarked nothing in particular, I replying in like manner. Kept his arm very dark, under a sort of cloak. We condoled [with] each other upon our mental stupidity, and parted with no particular views or sentiments. I have been to-day at a worldly fashionable lunch. Nobody cared for anything but what they had on and had to eat. “He! He!” said one: “ho! ho! ho!” the other. “Is your uncle dead yet?” “No, but my aunt is.” “Grandfather Wobblestick used to say” --“Why, of course he did” Which is all that I remember of the conversation. Now, darling, this is perfectly hateful of me to turn and snarl at the hand which has just been putting good morsels into my


1 The late Richard Sullivan.

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