25 March 1922

Victoria Palace Hotel, Paris

Dear Ida
   Your letter has come. But first, Ive just made £20 out of the blue so tell me how money is - send me the bills that remain & Ill let you have a cheque. Do, please!
   I felt after I had sent you my letter that perhaps I had not explained enough. I was fearfully busy and rather indisposed. Im glad you have given the Belgians - will give them - their congé. No, its not that I think you foolish. I still absolutely and entirely disagree that the behaviour of such a woman as you described & said even E. didn't think she would work for could be put right in a few days. That may be because you don't think imaginatively of what she could do to the linen, the carpets, the few kitchen things, Mrs M's china - and so on and so on. On your showing any tenant is a possible tenant - ‘all can be put right'. But that really is not true. Its childish, surely. You know a dirty coarse untidy woman can ruin a house in a week - or you ought to know such things by now. It makes me feel despairing that I have to write these things to you. Do you think I like writing them? I hate doing so with all my heart! Must I go on and say a dirty carpet is a damaged carpet, a broken breakfast set can be replaced - true f but at what a cost! Oh, its all infinitely boring and unpleasant. And don't you see that if Mrs M. knows you are there, she will accept the woman as much because you have seen her and not really objected as because of her references. No, I still think as I did!  [To Ida Baker, 25 March 1922.]