2 April 1921

2 April 1921

Villa Isola Bella, Menton, France

Dear Mrs Belloc-Lowndes,
Ariane arrived at 6 o’clock this evening and I have just (10 P.M.) taken leave of her. I think its an enchanting little book and amazingly well done. Thank you very much for sending it to me. Yes I have enjoyed it immensely.
But not improper — is it? There’s something so delicate, supple, warm, in the style - the emotion is so sensitive . . .
I wish there were more books of this kind. But they wont be written in England.
I confess to an awful feeling of wickedness after reading Ariane — some feeling almost like a dégout for those solid boiled puddings that those good young men & serious young women cook with such Awful Care.
But that lovely little creature en chemise is responsible —
Yours very sincerely  
Katherine Mansfield.

[To Marie Belloc-Lowndes in Collected Letters, ? mid-April 1921.]