Elderfield Otterbourne
March 4th [1897]

MS Princeton University, Parrish Collection1

Dear Madam
As far as I can remember the first four tales were
Hopes and Fears
Dynevor Terrace

because I meant them to have some sort of analogy to the four seasons2

The Daisy Chain
are really connected, and the Pillars of the House came later but picked up on Countess Kate and the Daisy Chain in the course of the story –

Scenes and Characters had been written long before, but was taken up again in Two Sides of the Shield where also an early story the Stokesley Secret furnished some characters –

Beechcroft At Rockstone
Strolling Players
The Long Vacation
make up the story

The others are all disconnected except
The Chaplet of Pearls
Stray Pearls
The Release

Some of the persons in Magnum Bonum and Hopes and Fears are referred to again

Yours truly
C M Yonge

1Envelope addressed to Mrs Wathen/ Withan House/ Alum Chine Road/ Bournemouth. Postmarked 97.
2This was on the analogy of La Motte Fouqué's Die Jahrzeiten.
Cite this letter

The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge(1823-1901) edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinske.

URL to this Letter is: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/yonge/3343/to-mrs-wathen

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