Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

Scope and Content

Tore up the last letter she wrote to her friend because she felt so tired and bored and she fears this one may have the same fate. Complains of the narrow bourgeois life they lead there, and of the domestic and professional cares which fill their life. 19 Mar. Worried to have no news and hopes that the General will have pity on her and give her some news about Mrs Strachey's state of health [she is enceinte] She has told her already that her sister Suzanne has given her a little nephew but she does not think that either baby or mother are getting on very well. More references to the political situation. Has just read the first volume of 'Daniel Deronda' and finds it very pleasing. The Princess [Troubetstoy] has just sent her a copy of Thoreau's Essays which she welcomes all the more as she knows her friend likes them. She does not expect any more letters from her friend for the time being. Wishes she had the support that the religious have and believed in the power of prayer and the intercession of the saints.