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“I was going to bring you some peacock feathers to go against your yellow walls. I think they are too long to mail. Next year I will have 7 cocks shedding tails instead of one and I should be able to go into some kind of business. My mother claims the feathers we have sitting around create moths. I claim they do not. Impasse.”

letter to Brainard and Frances Neel Cheney, December 10, 1957, in The Correspondence of Flannery O’Connor and the Brainard Cheneys, ed. by Ralph Stephens (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1986), 63.
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