Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

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Written from Bengeval. When she heard that her friend was spending a fortnight in the Isle of Wight, she was sorely tempted to slip across the Channel to her, but she resisted the temptation and is now glad as dear Lina has developed a raging sore throat which is getting worse from hour to hour. They now find they have to quit Bengeval the following Saturday and it seems doubtful whether Lina will by then be in a fit state to travel. The arrival of her friend's father, a happy event for her, will, she is afraid render doubtful the journey to France they arranged for the autumn. She thanks for all the books and journals sent. She notes the difference between the two countries in the correspondence provoked by the letter published by Eyndal, and concludes that 'Evidement l'abime est moins grand chez vous que chez nous entre les gens de science and les gens de foi'. She is happy to say that Lina is now better and will be able to travel soon and they have arranged as compensation to the pupils for everything to have a little trip via Belgium and Holland before returning home.