XVII

FROM THE COUNTESS TO COUNT VON JAROMAR.

A Fellowe and his Wife

Palazzo Malaspina
                     December, 22.

DEAR ODO:

My plans for Christmas are all changed. Cesare Mallerini's brother, Egidio, is coming from Paris with his French wife, and il Conte is going to keep open house at his villa near l'Ariccia, between Albano and Nemi, in the Albans. It is an unusual thing for an Italian to do ; but it will be interesting.   The Röhrichs are going for a week, and I with them. I believe that Herwegh will be the only other foreigner. We leave Rome tomorrow. I cannot imagine Christmas in the Villa Mallerini. Fancy Count Cesare as a convivial host! Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the visit with eager curiosity ; even the Röhrichs are curious.

Lebewohl, my friend, a hundred happy Christmases to you ; I am too busy to write more just now ; forgive so brief a note ; I kiss my love to Jaromar.

In great haste,
      Your busy and excited

              ILSE VON  f&w.jpg (11139 bytes) JAROMAR.

P. S. If you write to me a day or two after Christmas, address your letter to La Contessa Ilse von jaromar, Villa Mallerini, I'Ariccia, per Albano.

   

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