Just a brief note to say how much the children and I enjoyed your recent visit, and in particular your kindness in entertaining them every evening with your story "Ourson". They have begged me to continue it; but, alas, I lack your inventive mind and your wonderful command of our language. I have told them that the Prince (no longer a bear-cub) and the Princess lived happily ever after and had many kind and beautiful little princes and princesses of their own. That will have to suffice.
I do admire your ingenuity in putting in something for each of them. As I'm sure you noticed, Eugénie was moved to tears by Violette's self-sacrifice, and Guillaume adored the bloodthirsty combat between the toad-driven chariot of Rageuse and the lark-pulled airship of Drôlette. He has spent all day drawing a splendid picture, which he hopes he can show you next time you come.
I even fancy that you put in a few touches for me. Perhaps I am mistaken, but Agnella's hysteria, vanity and thoughtlessness did somehow put me in mind of our mutual friend la Duchesse de _____. At the same time, I am sure the children saw no more than a noble, exiled Queen. Truly, you are the best and cleverest of aunts! We sorely miss you already.
With all my affection,