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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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Friday. Dearest Mother. I was so glad to find your letters here - tell Papa I don't know Madame GrÃ…ndle's address - I left her ours and told her to let us know as soon as she had got a new house - perhaps it wd be worth while to send her a reply postcard.
We had a delicious morning in Pisa yesterday and left after lunch just as it began to rain. The rain was not disagreeable for the journey, but it made the Mediterranean look almost grey. We ought to have had 40 minutes for dining in at Genoa [Genova], but our train was Û of an hour late and we only just had time to fly out and buy things to eat in the train. The rest of the journey was rather uncomfortable, we had 4 other people in our carriage and we arrived at Milan ´ an hour late at 10.30. I think this is quite a nice little inn and it seems to be reasonable. This morning it was wet - we went to the Brera; I quite agree with Papa, it's a magnificent collection, but I wonder why he always will call the foreshortened Mantegna a Bellini? It used to puzzle me awfully at first, but I've got used to it now, so he may go on if he likes! It was very interesting seeing the Bellini's after Venice [Venezia] and the Mantegnas and people after our north Italian places. After lunch we went to the Ambrosian library when I at last succeeded in seeing Lucrezia Borgia's lock of hair and was quite as thrilled over it as over Bellini! They have a wonderful collection of drawings too. We also went to the little Poldi Pezzoli gallery which I think is one of the nicest things in Milan - I hope Papa liked it.

Tomorrow if it is fine - and it looks as if it were going to be - we go to the Certosa of Pavia which is a place I have always longed to see.

We are horrified to find some letters addressed to Mrs Green here!!! We wonder if she is going to turn up! Your affectionate daughter Gertrude

I sent the train book. The quotation from Fitz G. is most interesting.

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