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System Number: 13469
Date: 6 October [1896?][1]
Author: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: Valvins
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Private Collection
Document Type: PLc


Valvins, par Avon Seine et Marne

Lundi 6 Octobre

Ah! Whistler, il n'y a pas de pourquoi ... il y a, seulement, que nous devons garder un merveilleux et douloureux souvenir. J'ai tant le besoin de vous presser la main. Nous ne retournons pas à Paris, avant la fin du mois; êtes vous revenu pour l'hiver. Ou simplement voyageur à l'hôtel; et, dans ce cas, osé-je vous demander de venir jusqu'ici. La nuit tombe vite, je le sais et, si une journée entière vous effrayait, que l'on aimerait, cependant, vous avoir un moment, à déjeuner et les heures claires de l'après-midi. Vous nous préviendriez du jour, on vous attendrait à la gare. Ma fille[3] qui, de retour de voyage, me rapporte votre chère lettre, ma femme[4], un peu moins souffrante que l'été, joignent leur espoir au mien, tendrement.

Votre

Stéphane Mallarmé


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Translation:

Oh! Whistler, it makes no sense ... all that remains for us is to hold onto a wonderful and painful memory. I need so badly to take hold of your hand. We are not returning to Paris, before the end of the month; are you back for the winter. Or simply passing by; and, in that case, dare I ask you to come as far as here. Night falls quickly, I am aware and, if an entire day would overwhelm you, how we would like, nevertheless, to have you for a moment, for lunch and the light hours of the afternoon. Let us know which day in advance, we will await you at the station. My daughter who, now back from her voyage, brings me your dear letter, [and] my wife, suffering a little less than in the summer, join their hope to mine, tenderly.

Yours,

Stéphane Mallarmé


Notes:

1.  6 October [1896?]
Dated when published by Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], p. 256, no. CXLIV. However, according to the almanac, in 1896, 6 October was a Tuesday.

2.  Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

3.  Ma fille
Louise Bonniot, grand-daughter of the poet S. Mallarmé.

4.  ma femme
Marie Mallarmé (b. 1835), née Gerhard, wife of Stéphane Mallarmé [more].