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- MY OWN, MY DARLING,—I wish to write to you, yet know not where to begin.
- Things are as strange as though we were actually living together. Also I would
- add that never in my life have I passed such happy days as I am spending at
- present. 'Tis as though God had blessed me with a home and a family of my own!
- Yes, you are my little daughter, beloved. But why mention the four sorry
- roubles that I sent you? You needed them; I know that from Thedora herself,
- and it will always be a particular pleasure to me to gratify you in anything.
- It will always be my one happiness in life. Pray, therefore, leave me that
- happiness, and do not seek to cross me in it. Things are not as you suppose. I
- have now reached the sunshine since, in the first place, I am living so close
- to you as almost to be with you (which is a great consolation to my mind),
- while, in the second place, a neighbour of mine named Rataziaev (the retired
- official who gives the literary parties) has today invited me to tea. This
- evening, therefore, there will be a gathering at which we shall discuss
- literature! Think of that my darling! Well, goodbye now. I have written this
- without any definite aim in my mind, but solely to assure you of my welfare.
- Through Theresa I have received your message that you need an embroidered
- cloak to wear, so I will go and purchase one. Yes, tomorrow I mean to purchase
- that embroidered cloak, and so give myself the pleasure of having satisfied
- one of your wants. I know where to go for such a garment. For the time being I
- remain your sincere friend,
- MAKAR DIEVUSHKIN.