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Friday 9h 17 in the evening ([Lehrter sta[tion]). About the packages of candy from
Mrs.
Deng[4]
and Mr. Höchstetter, both of which I gave away as gifts in Paris, you
don’t have to shed a single tear; I herewith assign you to take 400 marks and, after
consulting with Margot and Mother, to buy all kinds of candy. Protest by Mother
doesn’t count; for this is a matter of replacing gifts given over there. I’ll write to
Debye.[5]
So, I’ll be happy to see you all again. I’m very eager to go home again.
Don’t tell anyone, except
Schottki,[6]
that I’m coming back so that I can snooze for
a few days. I’m very glad now that I was in Paris, because I was able to do a really
good deed. Warm regards to all three of you, yours,
Albert.
142. From Hans Albert Einstein
[Zurich, 12 April 1922]
Dear Papa,
As busy as your life now is, as I gather from the postcard and newspaper, mine
is as quiet. Imagine: Vacation, and all alone at home. (Teddy is in
Rheinfelden.)[1]
This is fine relaxation after such an exhausting quarter as the last one
was.[2]
You
gave me such smart advice about the “fair
sex.”[3]
I just have to comment that this
fair “s.” isn’t always “all that fair,” I realized that on that occasion!
Music really is better; you can [choose] it yourself and don’t have to wait and
see what happens to come crawling along. With Mr. Gonzenbach I played 2 Tartini
sonatas and a Bach sonatina and the Beethoven concerto (of Kiel); that was really
fine.[4]
Nothing beats a beautiful booklet. But I also did something you never did:
I accompanied a clarinet: Mozart and Brahms; nice too, but difficult!
How are you, by the way? I guess you don’t have any time for yourself again!
Well, greetings from
Adn
to you and to Anschütz!
143. From Peter Debye
Zurich, 14 April 1922
Dear Einstein,
I just received your
letter[1]
and hurry to reply.
To start with the second paragraph of your letter, I first note that you share my
view that for statistical reasons polarization forces also produce a growing attrac-
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