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T. S.Eliot
B-11 Eliot House
14 March.

Your answer to my question (though it is a good deal to get you to answer a question at all) was Silly. I did not suppose that my visit had been any great help in any way – though I hoped that perhaps you might continue to see the Farrands in Pasadena, asStephensons, the;a1 a change from the Stevensons and the Alexanders and the Dan Smiths; but I did want to know whether it had done any harm: eitherEyre, Mary B.favoured among EH's Claremont circle;a6 inGalitzi, Dr Christinefavoured among EH's Claremont friends;a3 the way of malice (the only people I felt any real confidence in were Miss Eyre and Miss Galitzi, everyone else talked some foreign language) or internally <spiritually – or nervously?>: and on neither of these points have you thrown the slightest light. Are you being, like other Americans, just Polite? What I care about in a correspondent (as if I had ever had any other! or was likely to have – and am less likely with every letter I write to you) is not so much affection even, or certainly compliments – saying things that will please me, or Politeness; but just Frankness. I wish you could write to me merely as if you had to speak to somebody, and would be willing to consider myself as happening to be the only person available for the purpose. <This is not in the least a criticism of the way you do write! It is just meandering on.> I am humble enough to be delighted to be used; but am too proud to be willing to reside in the situation of a mendicant. If I cannot be of any use to you, I had rather do without you.

ISociety of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Mass.;a4 did not expect that the Cowley chapel would be crowded because I went there regularly. And of course it hasn’t made the slightest difference. I prefer that it should not.

Eyre, Mary B., offers to lend TSE house, for which she receives Ariel poem, sent Sweeney Agonistes, favoured among EH's Claremont circle, poem inscribed for, TSE on, TSE reflects on New Year's Eve at, recalled,

3.MaryEyre, Mary B. B. Eyre, Professor of Psychology, lived in a pretty frame house on College Avenue, Claremont, where TSE stayed during his visit to EH at Scripps College.

Galitzi, Dr Christine, in line for Ariel poem, favoured among EH's Claremont friends, encloses flower in letter, sends TSE photographs, and possible Greek translation of The Waste Land, her mannerisms, EH warned against imitating, asks TSE to communicate with imprisoned husband, her marriage, writes to TSE about husband,

1.DrGalitzi, Dr Christine Christine Galitzi (b. 1899), Assistant Professor of French and Sociology, Scripps College. Born in Greece and educated in Romania, and at the Sorbonne and Columbia University, New York, she was author of Romanians in the USA: A Study of Assimilation among the Romanians in the USA (New York, 1968), as well as authoritative articles in the journal Sociologie româneascu. In 1938–9 she was to be secretary of the committee for the 14th International Congress of Sociology due to be held in Bucharest. Her husband (date of marriage unknown) was to be a Romanian military officer named Constantin Bratescu (1892–1971).

Society of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Mass., TSE attends early Mass at, St. Andrew's Day observed at,
Stephensons, the,