Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

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Written from Bengeval. Asks as a favour that her friend will pay some money to a friend in England for her as it is not easy to carry out such transactions from where she is now. Also she would very much like a copy of a lecture given by the General at Brighton on the teaching of physical geography. The weather has taken a turn for the worse and there they are mewed up in these wretched, poky, ill ventilated rooms. The primitive life certainly makes one appreciate the advantages of a civilised and sociable existence. When she thinks of the varied subjects of a conversation that her friend introduces with what she hears they seems to her either flat or superficial or egotistical.