I think about you every day when I get the news from Russia. It worries me to imagine how nervous you must become over every insane telegram. However, the greater part of this news, especially the news from the South, is about the Tatars. See more
This whole flood of telegrams only exaggerates the chaos and inflates every rumor. Until everything becomes clearer, there is no sense in worrying and hurtling oneself into the unknown. So far, it seems, the matter is bloodless, and in any case, all the rumors about “battles” are greatly exaggerated. All in all, this is only a struggle among parties that looks in the words of the journalists to be hellish madness.
About Bolsheviks. Of course, I don’t like their fanatical pursuit of peace. But in the end, they are not to blame, they are in a difficult position, and choose a better one of the two bad situations. Others are responsible for it… These events are great and will have unpredictable consequences.
I am absolutely sure that in the next few years a big upheaval will inevitably occur in Europe - especially if the war continues much longer, and this is more than possible.
The events in Russia are incredible in scale and tragedy. See more
Lenin and his comrades, of course, cannot get out of this inextricable chaos, but their attempt in and of itself will be seen as a turning point in world history. I have no doubt that the honorable German proletarians, just like the French and the British, and now the Russians, will allow themselves to continue bleeding. But this will inevitably happen after a few years. They cannot be rescued from cowardice and weakness. But generally, I take it all in quite calm and cheerful. It's ridiculous to resent the whole of humanity at once, such things should be observed with the calm of a scientist. I definitely feel that events are entering a crucial phase.
Every day I impatiently read the newspapers in search of news from Petersburg. Alas, it is rather unlikely that Lenin’s people will be able to hold on to power in this horrible chaos, with complete indifference from the people in the West. But this attempt of theirs is of epochal importance.
In such terrible heat all I want to wear is a white cotton dress. A few years ago I gave Clara a whole bunch of embroidered cambric, which she still has- she dared not use it. Could you ask that she give me a few meters and order a dress to be cut, as such fabric is impossible to get hold of presently. My usual style will do- just make sure the skirt is made a bit wider from below.
You write that my favourite cat that lived with you has died. A pity. And why do cats die so easily? After all, you cared for her so much. So do you not have a cat at all right now? My Mimi feels well. I would very much like her to be brought here, but I’m afraid that a rail journey would be too much of a shock for her.
Today I received a court ruling on a complaint filed by an officer from the criminal investigation department: ten days in jail and court fees:
"The accused is guilty of insulting an officer of the Palma police in word and deed on 22 September 1916 for shouting: "You are the most vulgar pig and mongrel for you to have no soul," and throwing a stamp at him."
When the whole world is falling to pieces, I only seek to comprehend what happened and why it happened. Beyond that, I still have everything that gives me joy: music and painting and clouds and doing botany in the spring and MimiHer cat. and you and much more besides. In short, I am immensely rich and intend to remain so until the end. Surrendering oneself to sorrow is intolerable and incomprehensible to me.