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To John Middleton Murry, 28 March 1915 By Katherine Mansfield

Updated: May 22, 2021

Jack, I shan't hide what I feel today. I woke up with you in my breast and on my lips. Jack, I love you terribly today. The whole world is gone. There is only you. I walk about, dress, eat, write - but all the time I am breathing you. Time and again I have been on the point of telegraphing you that I am coming home as soon as Kay sends my money. It is still possible that I shall.

Jack, Jack, I want to come back,

And to hear the little ducks go

Quack! Quack! Quack!

Life is too short for our love even though we stayed together every moment of all the years. I cannot think of you - our life - our darling life - you, my treasure - every-thing about you.

No, no, no. Take me quickly into your arms. Tig is a tired girl and she is crying. I want you , I want you. Without you life is nothing.

Yours woman


Katherine Mansfield was born Kathleen Beauchamp in Wellington, New Zealand. A talented writer, she became famous for her story 'Prelude'. During her stay in Germany, in the year 1911, she met and fell in love with John Middleton Murry. In 1918, Katherine was diagnosed with tuberculosis and died 1923. John Middleton Murry became guardian of her transcripts and for the next twenty years of his life spent it editing and publishing the letters, journals, stories and poems Katherine left behind.

- Ursula, Doyle.Love letters of great woman. Pan Macmillan, 2009

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