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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Dame Florence Bell

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Bell, Dame Florence Eveleen Eleanore
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Chirol, Valentine
Balfour, Arthur
Lyall, Alfred Comyn
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46.624164, 8.0413962

Grindelwald Monday. Dearest Mother. I am weather bound. It has poured for 3 days and is still at it, but the glass is rising so I have hopes. It is rather comic here. There are a lot of climbing men and a funny crowd none of whom I ever want to see again, but who make me laugh. I have only had one day with them, for today I walked up to the Great Scheidegg and lunched with the Grant Duff girls who came over to meet me from Rosenlaui. It rained most of the time I was walking, but I was quite pleased. When I got here and opened a newspaper the first thing I saw was "Mr Balfour's first Cabinet." So the great change has come and now things seem to be falling into their places again! I suppose Chamberlain cd not have been prime minister, but I rather stick at Balfour all the same. I'm delighted to hear that Mr Chirol is coming to Delhi. Oh! I had such a ridiculous letting from him praying me not to risk my precious neck. You really shouldn't show him my climbing letters - he takes them so much to heart! Tiny's not going to the Blumenthals' so I shan't, but I don't want to as I shall be broke. Which reminds me that I am much obliged to Father for paying the deposit for our tickets.
Few people have so many garters as I have at the present time!

I am much interested by the accounts of E.S.'s opera. It doesn't seem to be an unqualified success though she seems to have had a good deal of personal triumph. I read Sir A. Lyall's Essays, thanks to you! and reread them for they are so so good that I can't tear myself away from them. I want you to read one or two on religion and see what you think of them. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude

I'm so glad about Eddie. He writes me a delighted letter, bless him! I've no views about the classes, unless you wd like some hints on rock climbing.

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