(Translated from the original in French)
To Madame Emma Calve
6 PLACE DES ETATS UNIS, PARIS,
MY DEAR MADEMOISELLE,
I have been very happy and content here. I am having the best of times after many years. I find life here with Mr. Bois very satisfactory — the books, the calm, and the absence of everything that usually troubles me.
But I don’t know what kind of destiny is waiting for me now.
My letter is funny, isn’t it? But it is my first attempt.