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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Florence Bell

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Gertrude Bell
Lady Florence Bell
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7 Hans Place Sunday. Dearest Mother. I am longing to hear what you think of D.G. I read the first volume this morning - oh! how dull it is, how dull! how full of unnecessary detail, how flatlessly and pointlessly written! I like some of the childhood scenes, though I thought them nearly all in a measure spoilt by too great length and by that absolute want of humour which is characteristic of her. And why all that foolish ghost episode that leads to nothing, and why all those useless illnesses and deaths, and why all those long stories of the birth and parentage of each character? Then the Manchester part is awfully feeble and uninteresting - no I cannot think it will catch on even with the B.P. And all written with such effort and such painstaking - that's the pity of it. I'm bound to say however that I think the English is very slipshod.
I went to see Mrs Green this afternoon and found Harold Russell there, and we three sat and cursed together. I should like to hear Mr Ritchie on David!

Auntie Maisie came to tea. She goes to Rounton tomorrow week with Blanche and Venetia - and Billy! He is away today and comes back on Monday -

Please tell me your views on the great question - I will write to you what I think of the other volumes. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.

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