Bravo, Theo. Your appreciation of that girl in “Adam
Bede” is very good. That landscape in which the fallow,
sandy path runs over the hill to the village, with its clay or
whitewashed cottages, with moss-grown roofs, and here and
there a black thornbush, on either side of the brown heath, and
a gloomy sky over it, with a narrow white streak at the horizon
- it is out of Michel.
But there is a still purer and nobler sentiment in it than
in Michel. Today I enclose, in the box we send, the little book
containing poetry I spoke of. Also “Jesus” by Renan
and “Joan of Arc” by Michelet and also a portrait
of Corot from the “London News,” which hangs in my
I do not think you have any immediate chance of being
transferred to the house in London.
Don't regret that your life is too easy, mine is rather easy
too; I think that life is pretty long and that the time will
arrive soon enough in which “another shall gird thee and
carry thee where thou wouldst not.”
Adieu, remember me to all the friends. With a firm
At this time, Vincent was 21 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 6 March 1875 in London. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 023.
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