Malleson, Constance [aka O'Niel, Colette], Letter, 20 April 1945

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Description: 
to Bertrand Russell

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Case Study: 
“Life or Death of the World”: Letters from England and Scandinavia, 1939-1945
Creator: 
Malleson, Constance [aka O'Niel, Colette]
Source: 
letter
Date: 
20 April 1945
Place: Loevaenget, Sweden
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

Identifier: 
00001229
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

20 April 1945
The ice is all gone now from the lake, the birds are singing, the wild white anemone is starry in the ditches -- and I've just picked the very first bunch of them for my writing table. I opened up my bedroom a few weeks ago -- and it's a treat to wake up there of a morning instead of in the tiny kitchen. Today I took a can of boiling water down to the edge of the lake and had a glorious scrub and then plopped into the ice-cold lake -- the first time since November. But nobody who hasn't lived through the long dark winter can imagine the intoxication of the early spring here -- so bare compared to all the lilac and daffs and other joys of English spring. The ice is gone a month earlier than usual, too. But the green shoots of daffs are no more than an inch above the earth -- yet. Nearly every time I get a letter from Finland they say, "We heard B.R. on the radio last night." I, of course, haven't one; nor telephone either.