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491 Avenue Joffre
7 April, 1918

Dear Dada:

Having been laid up for a week does make
writing rather difficult. I am just over the influenza
now, and have come downstairs sitting before a fire
which out of perversity won't hum.

I took to bed with the world looking like
winter, and came down to see that it has
blossomed into bewitching spring, - a soft,
delicate mass of apple blossoms, cherry blossoms,
tender willow shoots, silky magnolia buds
and nodding daffodils. And best of all, fragrant
waffs steal into the air.

I have received the two books by
Lord Dunsany, and have found infinite
enjoyment in them. The pieces are so simple
that it does seem as though even I could
write them: yet that is exactly where I
am mistaken. The plots are simple
and unpretentious but formed so neatly
and knitted with such harmony that
I think his imitators will have difficulty
in copying them. The whole family has en-
joyed the books greatly. Thank you so very [page break]

Miss Hart was in Shanghai for the day about two
weeks ago. I sat opposite her at the luncheon Miss
McCansy gave in honor of her. She spoke of Fran Baltes,
& said that she saw her in N.Y. where she seemed to
be finding great enjoyment in her work. She seemed
surprised to learn that Fran was down with the
appendicitis. Sophie also spoke of you, and
said that she hopes you will continue with
your writing as she believed that you really have
talent for it.

After luncheon I took Sophie sight-seeing. Went
to see Bubbling Well, - which was only a
dirty trough with a few bubbles. Yet for
it is named one of the most famous sheets of
Shanghai! Also took her to a Chinese temple,
where Sophie was much enchanted with the
lanterns, the idols, and the various lacquered
boards. She seemed hurt that I suggested a
bath for these articles above mentioned. Then
I took her to a sweet shop where we got some
sweets. Finally we ended up at a silk shop
where Sophie went wild over the silks, and [page break]
amused the clerks by her raptures.

Sophie had with her as Companion a Doctor
from some one Lone Western College. It seemed that
they became acquainted on Board Ship, and
since then Sophie has tooted that woman all over
Christiandom and from appearances all other
heathendom as well. Personally I was not fond of
the doctor: she dressed and looked funny. Sophie
must have been pretty bally homesick to have
picked up that specimen.

Your letters telling of your trip to Welles-
ley with Helen S. and your trip to see DeLong
sounded wildly exciting. You must pardon
the listlessness of this letter, for I am not
quite up to the mark. I feel even too
weak to lose my temper, - a fact
which did not by any means escape
my sharp-eyed maid.

With love

Luik of [MacDouvall Chow] Corporation is sailing
for U.S. next week. Will send you something through
him. M.