I am writing a line to tell you that on account of the
arrangement with Father and Mother to let me use the present
laundry room as a studio and storeroom for my things, I went to
The Hague to pack up and send off my studies, prints, etc.,
etc. A thing I must attend to myself.
I also spent the day with Rappard, who was very cordial, and
rather reassured me as to some scruples I had regarding the
possible duration of the arrangement.
Well, I saw drawings (watercolours) and painted studies of
his which I thought very good.
Especially those of the workhouse at Terschelling. What a
change you would find in his work.
I have seen the woman again, a thing I had greatly longed
I feel that it would indeed be difficult to begin anew. But
for all that, I do not want to act as if I had forgotten her
And I wish that Father and Mother would realize that pity is
not limited in the way the world thinks. You were the one to
understand me in this matter. She has behaved bravely under the
circumstances, a reason for me to forget the difficulties I had
with her at times. And just because I can hardly do anything
for her now, I must at least try to encourage and fortify
Well, I am writing in a hurry. A handshake,
My address is: Kosthuis No. 1
But of course I shall not stay here long.
At this time, Vincent was 30 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 22-25 December 1883 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 349.
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