Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. Page, 31 October 1931
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A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. Page, 31 October 1931. The letter reads: "Dear Mr. Page - 'The Far Country' arrive safely and I am reading it with genuine pleasure. It was a prodigious task you set yourself - to get into the atmosphere of a period so far distant. You did well to strengthen the contrast between the two sons by making so much difference in their ages. The characterization of the younger is excellent. Pleasure-loving, careless, irresponsible, he is the typical adventurous youth. I did not find the older brother quite so recognizable. It never occurred to me that he was sulky. I pictured him as a self-righteous man with a keen sense of justice, & fair play, that often make people lovable. But this is not criticism. Your idea of him, may easily be nearer the truth than mine. I shall take very choice care of your play & return it in a week or two. I seem busier than usual, as my brother Herbert, after a long illness, is partially paralyzed - walks a little (but only indoors) with a cane, but has no use of his hands. Kenneth Stirtzinger (Hyliard's second son) is running this farm on shares & making a success of it. So with Kenneth & a hired man & our invalid to look after, Dorothy & I are kept employed. At the present moment Ken is at market with a truck load of fruit & vegetables, Herbert is reading on the lounge (I had to put his glasses on for him) Dorothy is practising on the piano, & I am writing on the sunny porch. Were the trees ever so beautiful as they are this fall? My love to your family & very many thanks for the pleasure of reading your play. Sincerely yours Ethelwyn Wetherald"