Thursday, January 12, 2006

Vexed with Wolfie

Papa is in a state. My beloved brother failed to pack two new caps of Brussels lace, Mama's gold watch, a length of GOLD lace and the amethyst ring which Madame d'Epinay gave to Mama a long time ago. The trunk arrived on the 10th December with all the other bibs and bobs, but not with these items. Papa is foaming at the mouth. Wolfie explained in a letter that he pawned the watch and gave the ring to the nurse who tended our mother, expressly to avoid her keeping back the wedding ring from her corpse! Perhaps the nurse has stolen the lace for her wedding day... I would delay coming home if I were you, Wolfie. Happy New Year. N.


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