How is life coming along over in your area of our bustling city lately? I am so sorry that I haven’t bothered to write in so many months. I’ve been troubled with quite a few recent events- the sickness of our dog, Scruffy, the illness of our maid, Sunny, and our house being filled with camera-men and prop-men and directors due to the movie that Nan agreed to star in. I’ll be quite relieved when ‘tis all over and done with, such a mess it does make of one’s nerves.
I am writing now to ask your assistance in a pet project of mine. As I’m sure you know, my daughter Rachel has had a rather strange attitude over the past few months, largely due, I’m afraid, to my unfortunate over-interest in the fashions of the current time. She has become so very changed that Celine’s and my attempts to bring her back to normality have not been completely successful. So I have decided to take drastic action.
Would you, Lara, be so loving and amiable as to take care of Rachel at your cabin for seven days? I could think of no one but you at this current time that could do her more good. She needs to experience a different lifestyle; and I would love for her to be around your girls, particularly Anna, as a good influence to her in lessons of hard work and simple living. Could you agree to this? If you could, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Best wishes, yours sincerely, Lily Merriman