Identifier

MSS.2.20

Publication Date

1-31-1918

Document Type

Letter

Transcription

Shanghai.
31 January, 1918

My dear Dada:

This week's mail brought your 23rd
letter along with four "New Republics", two Literary
Digest, a Saturday Eve. Post, a "Ladies Home Journal,"
and an "Atlantic." I have been so busy that I
haven't had time to dip into any of them: although
I am just aching for the chance. What with
studying Chinese, music, teaching Joe and
going out, - can I do?

Ling Ling writes that she has the mumps: -
a beastly stupid disease to have, is it not?
If one has to be ill, it ought to be a picturesque
illness, anyway - something exciting like
scarlet fever - a dash of color, don't you
know?

I am sorry to hear that Tracy has had
to resort to the bank. However I always felt
that for the stage she was a triple too stiff,
and had too much "sangfroid" for the
artistic temperament. Judy Adams will
be a much greater success.

I hope you got the Xmas Box to
Ruth Tuthill, - did you? By the way
Margaret Woodbury wrote me a letter; rather
a surprise to me, as she is just about
as "scribblingly" lazy as I am.

Your letters talking all about the '17
crowd in New York just make me ache with [page break}
"college sickness": yet if you were to keep
silent on that subject, - it would make me
feel worse. Do find out for me
Fran. Baltes' address - I have never
answered her long letter of last summer,
and I feel like a chump! I bet, her
appendicitis was caused by an over-
indulgence of Turkish cigarettes. She
was inordinately fond of them!

Well, H.K. is in Shanghai now, & came
to see me. Mother doesn't want me to marry him,
and as I am indifferent on the subject,
I acquiesce to her wish. By the way, I
told you about the millionaire here who
wants to marry me, haven't I? Well,
my relatives think I am a fool not
to take him: however, I am such a
fool that I can't realize I am a fool!
I may tell you one thing, though, -
these last six months out of college have
opened my eyes to the value of money;
at the same time they also have opened
my eyes to the value of Self Respect! I
shall never marry without money: at the
same time equally certain am I that
I shall never marry for money. [Comprency]?

Oh, I told you that my brother was
going to take the St. John's examination, [page break]
did I not? Well, he passed in English, but
flunked miserably in Chinese. Consequently
he can't get in! Rotten luck, for I'll
have to teach him another six months,
as we live so far away from any
good day school!

Dada, I wish you were here. I am
so homesick for you - you must
come to visit me. And remember
that all I tell you is for your
lone and private consumption.

With love
Daughter

P.S.
Miss Kendall is in Shanghai from
Peking for a few days. Shall see
her Saturday.

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