Dussant to 'bien chere Jeanne' [ Mrs Strachey]

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Written from Paris. She as well as Marie wishes to thank her for the beautiful things she has sent them. In one of Mrs Strachey's letters to Marie she enquired what she [Caroline] thought of Marie's affection for Jeanne and on what it rested. It will give her great pleasure to talk of her to you. Marie only loves people she admires and she has found that in you. She thinks here can be no better employment for her heart than to love such a one. As for her own affection 'dans la vie practique je la dirige, quelquefois, mais dans la vie de sentiment je puis bien la suivre sure de a croiture infaillible de son jugement quant it s'agit d'apprecier un caractere, de juger un nature'. She would rather no trace the portrait for her but to leave it to her to find out and be surprised and delighted by what she finds. They are now thinking of going to the sea on the Normandy coast instead of Italy, in which case we shall hardly resist the temptation of crossing the Channel and seeing our friends. Heat in Paris terrible and she is in haste to return to Les Ruches. Envelope present.