[Mlle Dussant] 'to 'ma chere Jeanne' [Mrs Strachey]

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Written from from Les Ruches. Upbraids her for believing that they were stupid enough to share the opinion of their government. No, indeed, they do not share the defective vision of their representatives. They feel themselves very isolated; all their friends, the old liberals, frightened by the Commune, have been reactionaries. The same with the periodicals such as the 'Revue des deux mondes' etc. Happily 'Les Ruches' has filled up and they have some charming children. She found 'Middlemarch' a great delight during her convalescence, and she awaits the next volume with impatience. Hopes to spend several days at Versailles with Mlle Souvestre and will go to the House every day, and if there is anything amusing she will write to her. They are counting on going to England at Easter, the only time of the year they can manage it, as in the summer they have to travel with their young pupils. They hope therefore to see her in London. Miss J. did not come but to compensate some Americans did and they now have half the number they had before the war.