I now feel this clearly, because I want to do things.--Do not consider this letter of mine as the Andante, judging by the emphasis at the beginning--as you might assume.--In the finale I'm still stuck in the second theme, the rascal simply won't come out, perhaps spring will force it out.--Kiss all of ours for me and don't forget the Linguist. I bow and press the hand of Malvinin Alcibiades [Cui]. Till the next letter, if it's not boring (if boring, tell me--I will take measures)--I wouldn't want you to think me a boring conversationalist in my letters.--I kiss you thrice, as always--write in detail about the affairs of the popular school.80
Respects to both Sofia Ivanovna and her husband; she is an ardent Catholic, and therefore believes that God has joined them together forever 〈inviolably〉 inseparably, so I won't have to separate them.
My address: In Pskov Province, Kholmsky County by way of the Tiapolovo Station, village of Volok, care of Natalia Yegorovna Kushelova, for delivery to me.--That will be more convenient, because I shall be here for a month.
31 March  Village of Volok
As soon as I got settled in this country place, I wrote you, Mili. But I've had no answer from you. I remain ignorant of the reason for your silence--I write a second epistle.
The andante is ready. The allegro for the finale is being worked on; I imagine the birth pangs will come in the spring, so I must get ready to give birth. In the meantime I'm shaping a little D major____________________