Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

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Written from Versailles. She has been delayed by a series of small events which have made it impossible for her to leave, but has at last fixed on Thursday and hopes to be in Clapham by the Friday. She knows that all is going well at 'Les Ruches': that Lina is not suffering from the increase of work due to her [Marie's] departure; that Madame Geisler, as she always predicted, has been recalled, and came at the first call. Finally her presence will give Caroline the feeling that all will go well. She continues to believe and to say that she has taken the bad share and she[Marie] has the good and so on. Once she is convinced that she has all the power in her hands at 'Les Ruches' 'je n'eviterai plus tant de la rencontrer' Her sister Adah is in Paris now, another motive for prolonging her stay in France. She has her share of misfortunes and griefs, but ads a family they are not very fortunate. Will she ask Dorothy to write and give her the news and tell her if her arrival in the coming week will be convenient. She is afraid that as she has heard nothing her little silver box has not been found. With envelope.