Friendly answer to Guttinguer, in which Adèle Hugo assures him that she is not angry with him. She explains that she has been very busy, sitting for her friend Boulanger [this is the famous portrait of Adèle Hugo, now at the Maison de Victor Hugo, Paris], whereas Victor Hugo is rehearsing for a new play, in a new theatre [Ruy Blas, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance]. As Victor Hugo is next to her when she writes, she gives the nib to him: Hugo says to his friend that he is a fool for having lost Guttinguer's letter and that he is obsessed by the new theatre, in which all his enemies have already a seat. He pledges Guttinguer that he will find a seat for him, as well as for Mr Tattet.
Written at Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Bought from the Librairie de l'Abbaye on 23 November 1962 for 300 francs. It was previously in the collection of Robert Schuman, who had died in 1963.