They will be killing the fatted calf to receive them; suggests a visit to Paris. The holidays last from 7 to 21 May and all plans are waiting for her arrival. She may think that Elinor works too hard, but she looks well and rarely complains of headache. In one year she has really made some progress and she has noticed that E. is really acquiring a literary style when she writes in French; she makes every effort to express all her thoughts in French. She asks again for several copies of the General's lecture to the Geographical Society. She is delighted that her Condorcet gives her such pleasure; she would lay a wager with her that the men of the 18th century are worth more than the men of today.