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August 13th

  • MY BELOVED MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH,—It is true that misfortune is following upon
  • misfortune. I myself scarcely know what to do. Yet, no matter how you may be
  • fairing, you must not look for help from me, for only today I burned my left
  • hand with the iron! At one and the same moment I dropped the iron, made a
  • mistake in my work, and burned myself! So now I can no longer work. Also,
  • these three days past, Thedora has been ailing. My anxiety is becoming
  • positively torturous. Nevertheless, I send you thirty kopecks— almost the last
  • coins that I have left to me, much as I should have liked to have helped you
  • more when you are so much in need. I feel vexed to the point of weeping.
  • Goodbye, dear friend of mine. You will bring me much comfort if only you will
  • come and see me today.
  • B. D.