Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

Scope and Content

Addressed to Cherie and signed Marie so marks the continuance of the correspondence between Marie Souvestre and Mrs Strachey. A reference to the Arno denotes she writes from Florence. Tells how her thoughts and conversation have recently been turned in the direction of her friend. She misses the liveliness of the conversation arising out of the abundance of ideas, which she can find nowhere else. Her friend is lucky because she has so many interests to turn her attention to that she need never be overcome with one dark cloud. For them the shadows are thickening and the storm grows in violence. She refers to the horrors of the Commune and what was even worse the repression that came afterwards. Whenever they thought they had touched rock bottom if their miseries something fresh arose and they knew they were not at the end of it. She is in despair. 'tous paraissent egalement meconnaitre, les droits de l'humanite et ceux de la liberte' She asks her friend if she still has hope. They are returning home in a day or two via Milan and Switzerland. 6 Jun (no year date but references to the Commune and her despair about the country points to 1871).