letters from dickinson to sarah tuckerman

August 1878

To see is perhaps never quite the sorcery that it is to surmise, though the obligation to enchantment is always binding -

It is sweet to recall that we need not retrench, as Magic is our most frugal Meal.

I fear you have much happiness because you spend so much. Would adding to it - take it away or is that a penurious question?

To cherish you is intuitive -

As we take nature, without permission, let us covet you -


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