1 May 1921

1 May 1921

Villa Isola Bella, Menton, France

Dear Mrs Belloc-Lowndes,
I ought to have sent back the books you lent me — I ought to have written to you about them. But I only posted them yesterday and I never sent a word of thanks. Please do not think me the black and graceless creature I appear. But the Lord, for some reason, has seen fit to visit me with a New Curse and I have been “in the surgeon’s hands” as they say. They were very expert, professional French surgeons hands which made a difference & they didn’t have to do anything very fearful. But this little affair was horrid enough to be my excuse for “creeping into my shelly cave.” Forgive me.
Tomorrow I am going. to Switzerland – first to an hotel in a little place near Montreux & then later to some convenient mountain. If I may Id like to write to you about the Mrs A. book from there. It was awfully interesting.
It has been cold and grey and frileux here & all the english papers show people trying to get a cool breath from the river or eating ices in Trafalgar Square. But its always thus . . .
My husband sends his warm remembrances. I do hope we shall meet again one day not too far-away.
Yours very sincerely
Katherine Mansfield Murry.

[To Marie Belloc-Lowndes in Collected Letters, 3 May.]