[ New City]
[ March 8, 1938]
Dear Bob-- 1
I've tried writing those lines--and done it very badly. My only excuse for sending them is that I can't explain what I meant about the motivation any other way.--But I also realize now that if these motives are placed at the climax they'll have to be stressed a little more in the other scenes which involve Mary as a symbol, and that the atmosphere of the play changes somewhat when the pattern is brought out clearly. Perhaps the change isn't for the better. Perhaps bringing out one pattern injures the more complex design--and even makes the whole less convincing.
I'm writing a note to John in this mail, 2 telling him that the collapse of that picture sale 3--along with other calamities, including an income tax decision--has made it improbable that I shall have ten thousand to invest this summer. It's rather embarrassing to confess this, after pressing so hard for our own investment, but a number of things have happened to me--all of them unforeseen. We'll probably have a chance to talk the matter over before you go. It may be that I could work with the Playwrights' Theatre without taking an actual share in its management or profits. This seems not to be my lucky year--