letters from dickinson to mary bowles

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 724

MANUSCRIPT: missing.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 227; LL 331; L (1931) 212, where it is dated "Tuesday."

The phenomenon which ED records, known as "yellow day," occurred on Tuesday, 6 September 1881. The allusion to the sparrow recalls one of Hamlet's final remarks (Hamlet, V, ii, 229-233): "...there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow... The readiness is all...."

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