History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

[Letter from Ethel Johns to Eileen C. Flanagan] Johns, Ethel [1955-08-26]

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 4519 West Fifteenth Ave.,
Vancouver,  8   B#C.
August 26
Dear ECF  :
"The Woman Within" is being returned after far too long an interval and with sincere gratitude*  ^hey say it is a good deed to bring a worthy book to a mind capable of profiting by it so you see you are right up the Boy Scout alley* To say that I was fascinated is to
put it mildly.  I could not put it down when I first read it and have returned more than once
for a more analytic study*  The closing paragraphs I have copied out and kept* They reflect
my own life experience to such an extraordinary degree that I might nave written them myself
if I'd had the capacity to do it, which I haven't* All through the book there are the most
astonishing flashes of insight and above all the courage to face disillusioment.
As you will remember, this characteristic comes out strongly in the chapter called
Fata Morgana. As I read it I suddenly realised that Harold, the Bed Cross Colonel, had once
been pointed out to me in the Dunapalota, in Budapest. His palmy days in Boumania were over
by that time but he was still a striking figure. Ellen Glasgow's merciless dissection of the
man was almost as remarkable as her relentless analysis of the influence they exercised over
one another and from which neither ever completely escaped.
This booc is by far the best portrait that I have yet seen of the women of my  own generation — that is to say, the intellectuals among them.  It seems strange that she should have
wanted to delay the publication of the book at all for its reticence is just as char^^ter-
istic of the epoch as the frankness. And yet most of us would have done likewise.  I must t&&&
to her books now  that I have the key* At the time, I was probably not ready for them*
To come down to personal affairs — Gertrude Hall spent a day with me this week and we had
a grand palaver over the Winnipeg General soiirce material.  She took quite an active part in
some of the doings that shook the School to its foundations in the early forties, ^he looked
well and is happy in the Calgary job.  /hey all seem to think the world of her in that roaring
cattle town*
Well, once more, bless you
2u, „


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