the Quakers, and the wars get bigger and more final. They make playwriting sound like a morning lark in the Mammoth Cave.
Nevertheless I enjoyed reading the play. I hope you'll write more. 2
Sierra Pictures, Inc.
Hal Roach Studio
Culver City, California
July 26, 1947
Dear Bob: 1
After our talk on the phone I am inclined to think you're getting the same advice from every direction, and this letter may be quite superfluous. Nevertheless, I'll set down the two or three notes which seem to me most essential.
First, let me repeat that it was a great pleasure and like a breath of fresh air to read the play. It has, like everything you do, good firm writing and thinking and imaginative wit.
Second, (I repeat this though everybody has said it) if men don't want to live like the gods and will choose, instead of immortality, our usual misery, death, disease, even war, rather than monotonous perfection, then the reason is that the best doesn't come out in men or nations until they are challenged and meet the challenge and somehow manage to fight their way through.
Third, when this comes to an open issue between the gods and the man, he should know why he's leaving, and should say it. They should know why he goes and the half-mortal girl should know why she goes. Perhaps the heaviest penalty should fall on her. She should have to give up her immortality and Ares should warn her of this.