The Huckins Hotel
29. Nov. 1927
Margaret: Two letters of yours reached me yesterday
at Durant. Quite wonderful, they were. As to your glimpses
of revelation and the recognition of submerged character,—if
that is the proper term. I have no faculty or gift of
the sort, but I know you are right to guard it. I wonder
what you will think or know when you see some of my
friends all in a flash.
me and Villon!!1
I should not have supposed there was any vital similarity.
Wine, women and song,2
perhaps, but that is not uncommon.
I will take whatever you give me in the way of spiritual
ancestry, since I know so little about it all. Just
as I believe many mysterious things and ideas to be
true, though I have almost no experience of the occult.
do know, however, that nervous dyspepsia is very tedious.
You must try to keep a steady diaphragm and not travel
in high gear too constantly. This is fine advice coming
from this ego, who so often becomes over heated over
speeded. I must have got it from Villon. When I was
an Amerind I was not bothered so.
town has been very instructive, and San Antonio was
a rare pleasure, but it has
been speedy. Yesterday I travelled six hours by bus.
Trains are usually better.
I must be off again to my next town Chickasha for the
? ? ?
and I are both sceptical about Francois, so I had better
a letter of November 20, 1927, Lawrence expounds
her belief in re-incarnation, explaining that she
has had intimations of the previous lives of various
people and, in this context, reiterating her sense
of a likeness between Carman and François Villon
(see Letter 34 n.5). [back]
does not love wine, women, and song / Remains a
fool his whole life long"—the English translation
of a couplet attributed to Johann Heinrich Voss
(1751-1826) and, less plausibly, to Martin Luther
at the Oklahoma College for Women (founded in 1908)
at Chickasha, Oklahoma. [back]
adopting Villon’s first name, Carman consistently
omits the cedilla. [back]
Letter 8 n.12 and Letter 28 n.3. [back]