Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

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They are all greatly relieved to heat the good news of Ralph (4th child of the Stracheys, born 1868). She reports on the two girls, Dorothy and Elinor; both are doing very well and are very popular with their schoolmates, and she notes that it is very rare for children of distinguished parents, such as they are, to be so successful themselves. She has bought for her fiend a picture by the same artist who did the picture in their school room; it only cost £5.12. M.Shere is the Editor of le 'Temps' and known for his good literary criticism; she was pleased that he upheld her judgment of 'Daniel Deronda' 'le Temps' has just published a translation of the new Tourganev romance 'Terres Vierges' and if it is not translated into English she will send her a copy in French. The Russians are said to be outraged by it. At a luncheon to which she was invited by M.Malot and at which they and a young literary man and an engineer discussed international affairs and also to her surprise seemed eager to work together and work for the realisation of certain big reforms, and this without Government aid. M.Malot asked when he was to have the pleasure of meeting the General. Have just heard of the death of Mme Sabatier of Florence; she will remember their both going to visit her when in Florence. Tomorrow they go to Paris for two days and Elinor will go with them, and they hope to visit Versailles and St. Germain in order to visit the Archeological and Anthropological Museums there. What does she think of the suggestion that Elinor should take some violin lessons; several pupils have done this and found it greatly widened their musical education. What about India? It never appeared to us more necessary to do something. Lastly she wishes to introduce her friend M.Beriot, who is going to London for a fortnight. He wishes to organise concerts or make himself heard in those which exist already like the Monday populars or the Philharmonics. You can anyhow put him in touch with the entrepreneurs.