Letter to Robert Elliott Speer and Emma Bailey Speer, 25 October 1931
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an opportunity for us to talk Chinese frequently.
I'm afraid that in a month or two I'll begin to need some more stockings. If you're going by Stern's or Jantzen's would you pick me out a few pairs of the dollar variety?
We are doing very little entertaining these days. The Chinese faculty + students feel that with the flood on one side + Manchuria on the other, this is no time for gaity. Consequently we have cut out all "parties". We have the students in for Sunday morning breakfast, or one or two people at a time for supper.
The League of Nations is taking a long time to come to any decision. To-day's papers say that England, at least, is insisting on some definite action. But nothing can undo the harm that has been done + the seeds of hatred that have been sown will grow up into a harvest of bitterness + fear. We buy no Japanese goods any more.
A world of love to you all, Marnie