ted that you will no longer have need of a companion.
You tell me that you are not very well able to write, and I am sorry for you; but since it gives you so much fatigue, ask the master of the house to write, if nothing else, a little assurance of your health, since this is a great solace to me, and I wish you would at least put your seal ring upon it, for that is enough for me. Believe me always the same.
I embrace you, adieu; thy affectionate
G. A. O.
From Madame Ossoli Rieti, 22d August, 1848.
I am a little better, dearest; but if I could thus pass a less suffering day!
On the contrary, it troubles me that this seems rather an indication that I must wait yet longer.
Wait! That is always hard.
But — if I were sure of doing well — I should wish much to pass through this trial before your arrival; yet when I think that it is possible for me to die alone, without the touch of one dear hand, I wish to wait yet longer.
So I hope for your presence on Sunday morning.