14 Mar

14 March 1920

Villa Flora, Menton - France

Just got your telegram about Sydney. God bless you my darling - I don't know what to say. It was FEARFULLY IMPORTANT.
‘House' letter.
My Precious dear,
I hasten to answer your letter (Thursday night) about the house. Look here, we can decide practically nothing while I am away but the main lines Bogey must be arranged --
I dont see how you can have Waterlow. Where is he to sleep? I must have the south bedroom, Ida the small room & you must have your dressing room with a little bed in it in case I have to sleep alone. But quite apart from that, oh Bogey the idea is detestable to me. Surely he'd understand that he can't be there in the summer. It seems to me so sensible. The house is much too small & the bathroom, lavatory & so on aren't a bit suitable. But the chief question is I cannot put to you too strongly my desire to be HOME and he is NOT part of my home. I want to dine "en famille" - to be alone with you - to have all the rooms. Ill leave the winter scheme & Violet & Roger en l'air until I return. I can see you would rather I did. Its a poor look out to let the house furnished I must say as I want it to be so lovely but that must be as you wish. At any rate I cannot consider for one moment a furnished house in the country for the summer! Oh, you dont understand me a tiny bit. Im in furnished houses all winter. P.V. is HOME. I want to be there with our things - our cats - our own little bits. I CANT GO ANYWHERE ELSE.  [To J.M. Murry in Collected Letters]