Sent to Moscow.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 74.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Paris, 8 juin 95
I received your letter just before I left for Paris. It is a pity things turned out so badly over Mitya’s illness; I don’t understand how they can refuse to postpone his examination if he has a doctor’s certificate to the effect that he has been ill. Why doesn’t he want to take the matter further? Why should he lose a year?
Manyasha is probably finishing or has finished her examinations by now. She ought to have a good rest this summer.
I am only just beginning to look round me a bit in Paris; it is a huge city, spread out a good deal, so that the suburbs (where I spend most of my time) give you no idea of the centre. It makes a very pleasant impression—broad, light streets, many boulevards, and lots of greenery; the people are quite unrestrained in their manners—at first it comes as rather a surprise after one had been accustomed to the sedateness and primness of St. Petersburg.
I shall have to spend several weeks here to see it properly.
Lodgings here are very cheap; for instance, 30 to 35 francs a month for two rooms and a kitchen, 6 to 10 francs a week for a furnished room—so I hope to get fixed up without spending too much.
Regards to all,
Are you satisfied with your place in the country?First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11
 The end of the letter has been lost.—Ed.