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Letter

May 18, 1944.

Alice darling:

For fear that I could not transcribe a neat, careful and logical(?) letter to you I asked my very good friend, Mr. X, to handle this pleasing chore for me. If the result proves successful you can thank me - if the result proves disastrous, lay the blame on Mr. X.

Thanks very much for your very encouraging letter. I am anxiously awaiting the visit from the lovely Miss Florence so that I can get that blow by blow discription. I assume she was at the hearing so that I can get a first hand picture.

Thanks very much for arranging that visit from my mother. Now, you can understand that I am fickle. That is my true confession. I have another love, beside yourself - that for my mother. To become serious, I shall give you a blow by blow of that first visit.

After the greetings, kisses and hugs, my mother spoke of the future. For a clearer picture I repeat the conversation verbatim:

MOTHER

Chepe, I know it won't be long before you will be back with us, and that brings me to an important subject.


CHEPE

What is it, mother?


MOTHER

I gave the matter a great deal of thought and I know that you trust my better judgment.


CHEPE

What is it, mother?


MOTHER

In arriving at the conclusion I did, I resurrected the past and tried to psychoanalyze the reason for the actions that brought in the present trouble and in that way I concluded a decision that I am sure will meet with your approval. (Note: substitute the word arrived at for conclusion).


CHEPE

Yes, mother, what is it?


MOTHER

Just a minute, son. I also took into consideration the cases of your co-defendants and I am of the opinion that what I am about to say affects them as well. However, not being a mother to them, and the subject being so very personal I shall discuss it with you and if you care to take it up with them, -why- use your own judgment.


CHEPE

Yes, mother, what is it?


MOTHER

And, Chepe, I don't want you to answer the question immediately. Think it over. I will be here for a few days so I shall not press you for an answer until you give it mature consideration. As a matter of fact, I would rather you take all the time you can possibly spare to think the matter over. The situation is this, We are


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guided, to an extent, by the food we eat; by the company we keep; by the clothes we wear; by the thoughts we think; by the pleasures we seek; don't you think?


CHEPE

Yes, mother, what is it?


MOTHER

As an example, the natives of deep Africa think alike by reason of the environment and the matter I just discussed. The women may inflict scars upon themselves; the men may use paints; for the ultimate purpose of accomplishing an end. That end may seem foolish here, but in Africa, it almost becomes necessary.


CHEPE

Yes, mother, but what is it?


MOTHER

Back in the 17th century - in France, for example, the men conducted themselves in the fashion of the day, by the manner they ate; dressed; talked, and so forth. Dont you agree, son?


CHEPE

Yes, mother, but what is it?


MOTHER

Let's take the case of Don Juan, for example. He is quite the historical character. The movies typify him as a distinct type of that day and age. He leaved an impression of a sort. When you see him depicted you form a conclusion. That conclusion may or may not be an agreeable one. But, regardless of the conclusion you arrive at, you leave Don Juan with one thought. And that thought is always present when see or hear of Don Juan.


CHEPE

Yes, mother, but what is it?


MOTHER

Well, Chepe, you arrived at a conclusion by the clothes Don Juan wore. So, for God's sake, son, give me permission to take the zoot suit of your s and have it made over into a dress.


CHEPE

(after being revived): Never, mother, never. I shall keep that suit for a keepsake. Who knows, perhaps in the 25th century someone may look at that suit, and say, WHAT DON JUAN WORE THAT?


That may or may not be funny to you, but strange as it sounds, it is a true transcript of that meeting. Now, Alice darling, what do you think? Don't answer by saying, ALICE: What is it? Don't you think that would make quite a souvenier?

And seriously, I am serving a long, long, time for wearing a suit like that.

Well, so long, Alice honey. Write soon.

As ever

Chepe Ruiz