23 April 1921

23 April 1921

Villa Isola Bella, Menton, France

[I wonder whether you might be interested in what a tubercular patient has noticed...]

Breathing: When I wake in the morning I keep very still, lie on the back, breathe as I have been taught to breathe and, in addition, slowly open the arms to their fullest extent. Quite slowly, without effort, imitating the action of an opera singer who makes just this gesture before taking a high note which he wants to ‘hold’ as long as possible. I do this very thoughtfully, half a dozen times at most and it seems to air the lungs - to in fact, fill the lungs quite full. This particular movement of slowly, gently, opening the arms is at all times extremely refreshing, but particularly in those peculiar moments of sudden fatigue which one feels.  

[To Victor Sorapure in Collected Letters, ? mid-May.]