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When the ‘seeoffers’ get ashore and only those who sail remain there, you begin to muster the latter mentally and to feel that each one is ‘one of us’. By the way I have beared here on board that…the ‘Matunga’ was sunk by a raider and that all people aboard were saved and coming back to Sydney next week. (This report however is questioned…) Going out of Sydney Harbour I thought of you and wondered how you felt on the two occasions going that way. I thought we would have developed the Conradesque contrast between the ‘last glimpse of civilization’: the crammed storehouses of the Sydney Docks, with their assurances that Buchanan whisky is the best, and the opening sea between the heads Imagine only…when we were coming into the middle of the harbour I went down to the cabin and there I saw a letter from you to me hanging on the board…I hurried on deck to read it.
Thursday morning 9 August 1917. I’m just starting to walk over to Belgrave…to register back to you your mss and to post this letter…in answer to your own and the poems which have just arrived…. I know it is terribly hard for you, and impossible for you to foresee what mind you will be in after Adelaide…a blessing on you. How I do revel in your letter. I haven’t yet read the poems of course…. Go and get that mentholine. Do it now. It is really death to microbes. Please do, Bronio Kasper. Go along.
I hated leaving you. I did pity you so, alone in your room. I could only write to you that night, hoping it might cheer you. You did get over that, in spite of scorning my prophecies… There were times of extreme reaction. One in particular…you had just come from a concert, and you looked different, smarter, bigger, more aloof. I had had a terrible evening [with a dying patient] …I cried and then ran out to meet you and you told me I had an orange nose! …We went a walk in entire disharmony…next day we met…I could not do without your help for the speech13 and began to see your idea of how to set about working at a subject… Another time coming home from the Khuners in the tram you practically confessed you were having a reaction.
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