letters from dickinson to rebecca mack

autumn 1884

It was very dear to see Mrs Mack.

A friend is a solemnity and after the great intrusion of Death, each one that remains has a spectral pricelessness besides the moral worth -

I hope you may live while we live, and then with loving selfishness consent that you should go -

Said that marvellous Emily Bronte

Though Earth and Man were gone
And Suns and Universes ceased to be
And thou wert left alone,
Every Existence would Exist in thee-

Emily -

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