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“I am glad you thought the new story all of a piece. It was a supreme effort, really, that I made to have it so, but I thought the odds were against me, and felt worn out and depressed afterwards. If there was any way to get the envelope back out of the slot in the post-office after mailing, like with a long hook and a string—you would never get a story, though I will race down in the middle of the night, I’m so anxious to put it in.”

April 23, 1942 letter to her agent, Diarmuid Russell, in Author and Agent, by Michael Kreyling (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991), 89.
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