D O C U M E N T S 2 6 , 2 7 J U LY 1 9 2 7 4 5 26. To Elsa Einstein Geneva, 20 July [1927] Dear Elsa, I have decided to visit Margot in Zuoz.[1] I’m writing Tetel[2] to tell him he should come there too. I’m mainly glad that Ilse is doing so well.[3] I always tell you that traveling is nonsense, so far as health is concerned. There was no one from the free press with me,[4] and I hardly smoked at all. It’s all over my innocent head—that reminds me of B.[5] The rage comes from my sudden silence, which can’t be explained in an orderly way, so it’s understandable. But I have to keep quiet, because otherwise G. would have to be immediately drawn in, which must be avoided under all circumstances.[6] So it looks like cowardice. Today we’re starting the stupid meetings again,[7] but the end is in sight. Scientifically, I’ve had a good time, probably because of the isolation in Leukerbad. I still don’t know when I’ll be coming home, but I’m not going to stay in Zuoz forever. Warm regards from your Albert 27. To Elsa Einstein [Geneva,] 21 July [1927] Dear Elsa, We’re melting in tropical heat.[1] The toothbrushes were where they’re supposed to be. I must have dreamed their absence.[2] The result is that I now have a Geneva toothbrush as well. The meetings continue until Tuesday.[3] Then I’m going to see Margot.[4] The passports have now come also.[5] My lack of formal dress does not excuse me from social obligations. But I avoid them as much as I can. It’s so hot in my room that one’s own skin is too thick a pelt. All in all I’ll be happy when I’m back home again. I’m convinced that you’ve chosen the better part. Warm regards from your Albert
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