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87. To Pauline Einstein
Benzingen, Saturday. [9 August 1919]
Dear Mother,
After another three days’ sojourn in Zurich, which I spent very satisfactorily
with Albert, I departed Thursday, first to Habicht in Schaffhausen. It was high time
too, for Thursday evening the lioness came back to her
den.[1]
The trip was ex-
tremely tiring, so I can truly speak of luck that I was not affected by it. Here at the
priest’s[2]
it is as pretty as ever. It is only next Thursday that I shall be traveling back
with Fidelia and her young ones to
Berlin.[3]
I hope the wonderful weather these
days is doing you good, so that the bad foot gets back to
normal.[4]
Here we have
to count on spending the winter without
heat.[5]
Just thinking about it makes you
almost turn into a chunk of ice.
Affectionate regards from your
Albert
Best wishes to Maja, Pauli, and the
nurse.[6]
88. To Pauline Einstein
[Berlin,] Saturday. [16 August 1919]
Dear Mother,
Yesterday I arrived here safely and met everyone, except for the
children,[1]
in
the best of health. The latter went to the sea for three weeks to recover. All three
were deeply concerned and made many inquiries about you; one can see that they
are very attached to
you.[2]
We all are very eager to have you live with
us.[3]
In the
meantime, though, be patient and enjoy the things that are available to you there,
also the nurse and Mrs.
Dann,[4]
to both of whom I send kind regards. It is a great
consolation for me to know that you are entrusted into the care of such good people.
My cordial regards also to the ever-busy and good-humored doctor, Fräulein
Tobler, especially since I did not properly take my leave of
her.[5]
At Brandhuber’s
it was extremely nice.[6] One is reminded a bit of the land of milk and honey over
there. I traveled with Fidelia and Inge, who mothered and daughtered me in the
friendliest way.[7] Here everything seems gradually to straighten itself out again;
peace slowly is bringing back normal conditions. I did not see my little boy any-
more; he was still staying in Rheinfelden.[8] But with Albert I spent another two
fine days, then one more evening at the Habicht home in Schaffhausen.[9]
Heartfelt greetings to you, Maja, and Pauli,[10] y[ours],
Albert.
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