I just have to tell you something that has happened.
Something has happened to Mother.
On getting off the train at Helmond, Mother hurt her
Father says the doctor told him it was undoubtedly a
fracture of the thighbone, near the pelvis and the hip
I was present at the setting, which came off comparatively
well, so that I am almost inclined to think it more a
The doctor assures us there is no real danger, but
considering Mother's age, it will take a long time.
I wanted to tell you the exact truth, supposing that you
would prefer that. But I give you my word of honour that it is
not worse than I tell you. For the present I will let you hear
every day. By the same mail I am writing to your address Rue de
Laval, so that you may hear it as soon as possible, either at
home or at your office. Tomorrow I shall write again as soon as
the doctor has been here. It is a great misfortune indeed.
I was painting at the farm when they sent for me.
Mother is resting quietly now. Goodbye, boy. With a
Yours sincerely, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 30 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 17 January 1884 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 352.
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