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Traubel apologises for not responding to all Wallace's "caresses" due to his large workload and lack of time, and refers to: Wallace's comments on Dante, whom Traubel thinks "lacked that first call, that daybreak aroma, which lies in Walt's song"; Whitman's appeal to the hearts of men in the common stream of life; [John Addington] Symonds's work on Dante [[Introduction to the study of Dante (1872)] which does more to make Traubel appreciate Dante than the poet's own work; 'Gilbert' who has come to see that Leaves of Grass contains a message.