1929-07-21.001 MRL to Peg

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July 21st, 1929 Berlin

Peggy darling,

Just got back from the Tennis matches. Saw Tilden give Prenn a peach of a beating without even seeming to get warm over it—although the sun was scorching. This was the last day of the match and the Americans already had enough points to have won the match—so that this game was more for the fun of it—and both players seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly. Prenn took his beating in good grace—which I was surprised to see as he was a rather poor sport in the English Matches last week. Luther just phoned me to say that Hunter won his match too— I didn't wait to see it—it was a much slower set than the first—and couldn't vie with the heat and my sore feet. I only had standing room— and had walked blisters on my feet yesterday.

Had a marvelous time yesterday—went with a crowd from the university summer school to Potsdam—just outside of Berlin. We went through the Astro-physical observatory—including a special observatory reserved for Einstein and those working with him. Then through the Stadtschloss—had lunch overlooking a canal from the lakes—and then

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on through an old church and Sans-Souci Palace and Gardens. Our guide was a professor from the university—whose main interest seems to be ancient Art—and would have been extremely interesting if it hadn't all been in German. As it was it was interesting enough and quite worthwhile.

But I must tell you what my plans are and what I have been doing so you'll understand the above. I discovered that there is a course given here for "Auslander"—courses in the German language and also a Course in Gest Gestalt Psychology. I'm taking both and also some private lessons in German, the idea being that I'm rather definitely planing planning to return in the fall to study here for my Doctor's degree—and so want to absorb as much German as possible in the mean while. It seems that I ought to be able to get my degree here in two years—and that I can work at the psychoanalytical institute symu simultaneously— and this course being also two years—I can kill two birds with one stone. Gee—it seems good th to think that I'll be somewhere ready to start something in two years—not five or six or eight!! I'm all full of ambition! Do you think you can manage without me that long—mumsie? - I hope you can, in one way—in another—I hope you can't—and will find me a good excuse for you

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and Con to make the trip yourselves in the next year! I know I shall be dreadfully homesick at times— but after all that doesn't hurt one - and on the other hand—being independent like this I know is doing me worlds of good. I already feel like a different person than when I left home—much more self-sufficient and self confident. One of the most satisfying things has been the experience of being able to make friends easily and being able to meet those I want to meet. As for example yesterday; there were two chaps along whom I had seen in one of the classes, and both of them seemed awfully nice and cleancut looking. But I had started out with a girl who it seems lives in my neighborhood and who the day before was worrying about how to go out—(we all met at Potsdam) and as I was also going alone I suggested that we go together. We weren't half way out but I was bored to death with her—and she wasn't at all the type one could pick up men with—if you know what I mean!! Formerly, and this time, at first—I was afraid that I wouldn't meet anyone because of her—but—I did meet these gents easily, without half trying—(and lost the girl) and later met two other chaps—and the five of us stuck to-gether most of the trip and had a grand time! And that's how it goes!

I've really been awfully happy this last week. At first I was disgusted that I couldn't

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get the work I wanted—but things have turned out quite well after all. In my private lessons I'm getting the grammatical foundation I need and in the class I'm getting some conversation, discussion, reading and writing. And in connection with these courses are various lectures, on art, music, politics, etc. to which we may go—and practice listening to German lectures. It's great sport—and I'm rapidly discovering that my German background is becoming less back! The psych—is dreadful stuff—all mixed up with physics and physiology—it's an entirely different approach than I've been brought up with—and I can't say I care for it particularly—but then—it's a theory concocted by Kohler—the big boy here—under whom I'll probably be working—and although I hope to work with along entirely different lines, it's a good idea to be slightly posted!

Talking of psych—I ought to give Teddy Fraug Buell—something! If I send it from here she'll have to pay duty on it—which would be a dirty trick—what shall I do—Perhaps on the other hand she'd like some German linens—some of those huge bath towels—or some cut glass—or Lord knows what! Anyway perhaps you could call miss Mrs. F. and find out for me. I'd be awfully glad if you would—I do want to keep in their good graces. Dr. F's letters have been a big help and I may need some more!

About staying here, Peggy—of course there's the money question. I seem to have spent an awful lot of

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money with out having been extravagant. In fact the more I travel the cheaper it gets! I thought I was living cheaply in England—and then it was even cheaper in Hamburg—and now even more so! And I've discovered that if I can find a German family to live with I can have a very nice room & cooking privileges or maid service as the case may be—for breakfast and supper—at a $100 marks a month = $25. And that's supposed to be quite elite and expensive. Margret Day—Ralph's sister—is living here and saving money on 270 marks a month = $67.50 (about). I may learn how to do that too, someday! At present I'm paying the huge sum of 9 marks per day—which includes all but one meal—midday or evening as I wish. That means—$2.25. There are usually extras—such as baths—and a two percent charge for service—which makes the bill average about 11 marks a day = $2.75. Lunch costs about two or three marks—and that's that! My course cost $40—the private lesson—two a week at $1.50 each— I've been in Germany a month to-day and have spent $215. So far I've cashed $415—of my letter of credit— and have $70 left in express checks. It just seems to go and go. This all to give you an idea of what future expenses may be.

As far as living goes I think I ought to be able easily to manage on about 50-75 after I get settled in a home. I don't yet know how much the winter course will come to—but I doubt it will be much. Summer courses are always more expensive relatively. The psycho-analysis however will be quite expensive. Dr Rado says that they charge according to what one can afford & pay—but

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