24 May 1921

24 May 1921

Hotel Beau Site, Clarens-Montreux, Switzerland

I read today The Tale of Chaunticleer & Madame Pertelote — it’s the Pardouner's Tale.  Perfect in its way. But the personality, the reality of the man. How his impatience, his pleasure, the very tone rings through. Its deep delight to read. Chaucer & Marlowe are my two at present. I don’t mean theres any comparison between them. But I read Hero & Leander last night. Thats incredibly lovely. But how extremely amusing Chapman’s finish is! Taking up that magical poem & pulling it into a body & skirt. Its V. funny! As I write theres a subdued roar from the salle à manger where Lunns Lions are being fed. Fourteen arrived today for A Week by the Pearl of Lac Leman. Its nice to think I have this salon & dont need to go among them except when so disposed.
I do hope you’ll be happy with Hardy. I feel it ought to be most awfully nice. I feel they are simple. There’ll be no need to explain things. The kind of people who understand making jam, even - & would love to hear of others making it. I liked so what she said about their way of living - it was almost egg-weggs for tea. I look forward to June. Be happy, dearest mine.
Tig.

[To John Middleton Murry in Collected Letters, 21 May.]