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|Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh|
(c. 9 July 1888)
... greatest embarrassment and consternation.
Without being in the same state as this gentleman as to its
being either my duty or my desire to get married, I begin to
resemble him in physique. According to the worthy master Ziem, man
becomes ambitious once he becomes impotent. Now though
it's pretty much all one to me whether I am impotent or not,
I'm damned if that's going to drive me to ambition.
It is only the greatest philosopher of his place and time, and
consequently of all places and all times, good old master
Pangloss who could — if he were here — give me
advice and calm my soul.
There — the letter to Russell is in its envelope, and
I have written as I intended. I asked him if he had any news of
Reid, and I ask you the same question.
I told Russell I left him free to take what he liked, and
from the first consignment I sent as well. And that I was only waiting
for his explicit answer, to know whether he preferred to make
his choice at his or...
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