27 April 1921

27 April 1921

Villa Isola Bella, Menton, France

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

Breathing: When the breathing is very troublesome and the weather is dark I find it a help to look at pictures. I should think little children would benefit greatly from this. Reading is no help, and either talking or listening less, but the sight of pictures seems to ease one. Healthy creatures at sight of anything that pleases them give a “sigh of pleasure", it seems to provoke them to breathe deeply and lightly. They are not so much excited as steadied and made tranquil and if one is ill this feeling is accentuated - I have proved this often. It seems so important when there is difficulty in breathing to distract the patient from the act of breathing and yet keep him tranquil.

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