19 May 1921

19 May 1921

Hotel Beau Site, Clarens-Montreux, Switzerland

I must write to you once again, darling woman, while you are in Paris. Anne, if I were not to hear from you again ever I could live on your last letter. To have taken the trouble - I know what writing means - to have sent me that whole great piece of Paris - complete with yourself and the traffic (Id love to be somewhere where taxis ran one over) and marble tops, and Louise avec son plumeau, and the shops with the flowery saucissons, & that getting le petit déjeuner, and Wyndham Lewis & - well - I walked through your letter once & then I just idled through it again & took my time and stopped to look & admire and love and smell and hear it all. It was a great gift, my dearest Anne - it was un cadeau superbe pour moi. How I love you for doing just that. Do you feel I do? You must. Now Ive been to Paris - and even to St. Cloud. For your idea of a house there started me dreaming of the house next door. Charming houses - two stories with lilac bushes at the gate. I made a hole in my fence big enough for an eye to flash through - and in the morning I spied through and called to the petit who was gardening “David" and he said - rather off hand - “Quoi?” And I said “Will you come to tea with me today?" and he turned his back on me & shouted up at his own house “She wants me to go to tea". At that your head appeared at a window & you said “Well do you want to go?” David replied - “Well what have we got for tea here?" . . . . . .

[To Anne Drey in Collected Letters, 19 May.]