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the toilet?" And they'd answer me in Russian, and I'd have
to start all over again. But we did learn a smattering of
Russian. And, of course, Mina was invaluable. What a wonderful
thing to see Russia with a Russian girl! I wonder what
would have ever happened if I'd brought her back to America.
Heaven only knows.
The final part of this trip I must tell you. I didn't
realize how Russia had worn me down. I seemed to be very happy
there until I flew out to Helsingfors. Getzloe was gone and
Harold stayed with his wife in Leningrad recovering from his
chicken pox. So I flew alone to Helsingfors. The sight of
stores with things in them again, and the restaurants with
waiters with clean aprons and clean shirts and tablecloths!
I didn't realize what a capitalist I was. I had become reasonably
accustomed to the Russian ways, but when I saw the luxuries
I'd been missing, my heart leapt. And then I flew from
Helsingfors to Stockholm--a very short jump. And when I landed
there, my pop was waiting at the airport. He surprised me by
coming over. I didn't expect to see him. I haven't told you
much about my father.
A little bit at the very beginning, but not too much, and
I noticed in one of the scrapbooks the obituary of your father
and that he had been quite active in Random House. I hadn't
What happened was that he had retired more or less.
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