Tuesday, 31 December 2013
141 Rue de Rennes
December 28 1963
...De Gaulle's victory did not cheer my Christmas. As you probably know, he's increasing the censorship on news, which already was stringent enough. Milosz's son was arrested during a student demonstration, actually he was simply passing by and stopped to see what was happening. For some reason, they released him, but all the other foreign students who were arrested were deported the next day*. I didn't see a word of this in the Monde, which did cover the demonstration. On television there was no mention of the demonstration - the principal event of the day.
Dear Hannah, a Happy New Year to you. I wish time would roll back and that we were going to your New Year's Eve party and Tillich and Bertha would get drunk.
My deepest love to you, and Jim sends his warmest affection to you both,
* This event was incorporated into McCarthy's next novel, Birds of America.
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Your mother and I have decided to get a divorce. If it suits you, I would like to come to New York and live with you. That is, if you are not otherwise encumbered. I could make myself useful, do the shopping and cooking for you. We might look for a little flat together. Your mother will keep the farm. My mental health is excellent.
Your obedient servant and loving father,
Henry L. K. Andrews