to realize, to expound, to come to life as it might be. I began by being torpid and timorous--that is wearing away. There was little rebound at first, after the long strain. Then a night came when physically and mentally I had such strange sensations that I wondered vaguely if I were going to die. I remembered that it happened sometimes to people after a sudden great change, [even?] if it [were?] the change of relief.It is a pitiful thing, is it not, that the passing away of a man--a husband and father--whould leave relief behind, instead of grief!Marian is well but so busy and so closely tied to her present work that I cannot have much of her yet. On the fifth of August her hospital term is over and perhaps then we may go away to those healing mountains of yours for a time. I shall come back here to be at hand when she emerges.Very affectionately yoursKatharine HookerI should like you to call me Katharine rather than the formal "Mrs Hooker."
 Jul 14
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