The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO KATE STERLING ; 20 February 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520220-JWC-KS-01; CL 27: 49-50


[20 February 1852]

Dearest Kate

I feel very anxious about your “things in general” How is your Aunt? Is the Capt1 returned?

Mr C says you ride “like a whirlwind”—his beau ideal of female horsemanship!—and he asks if he is to ride again with one of you tomorrow? how can I tell? please send me a line. I am turned into a pillar of ice this morning—a stoic might cultivate his stoicism by—embracing me!— Nevertheless I must put on fine clothes by and by (“thankS God!” they are at the same time warm ones) and go out to a politico-aristocratic dinner at The Bear's where only French will be spoken (I know beforehand) in compliment to Thiers2 who speaks English as I do French—that is; not at all— Pity I should know so many things without being able to turn them to my honour and glory. Heaven help me thro' this dinner anyhow!

Love to Lotta3 / Your affectionate frozen thoroughly unhappy

Jane W Carlyle