1 April 1921

1 April 1921

Villa Isola Bella, Menton, France

Dear Mr Squire,
I am returning my proofs of the Story The Daughters of the Late Col. today. May I say, without impertinence that I wrote this story for the Mercury? Your kind letter giving me leave to send another started me off that very afternoon. But of course there was the risk of your not liking it or not thinking it good enough.
But it really was a kind of thank offering for that letter. And much the more grateful am I to you now for your review of Bliss in the Observer. Of course its delightful and unexpected if people like ones work. But you told me so exactly where I failed, what I’d left undone and what I ought to do.
One knows these things but it is the most precious encouragement to feel there is someone who realises what one is getting at!
I hope my next work will please you better.
Yours sincerely,
Katherine Mansfield.

P.S. On page 5 of the MS old grandfather Pinner, whose teeth have gone and whose tongue is stiff can’t say extraordinary. I hope the word is all right as it stands ‘esstrodinary’.
[To J. C. Squire in Collected Letters, 10 April 1921.]