letters from dickinson to mabel loomis todd

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 1033


PUBLICATION: L (1931) 421.

Mrs. Todd's diary for 11 February says that she painted a bronze plaque with thistles for ED. On the fifteenth she sent it, receiving a hyacinth from ED on the eighteenth, and this note on the twenty-eighth. The message intends to convey ED's delight by alluding to Matthew 7.16: "Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" (See letter no. 883.)

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