Truro, Mass., August 11, 1940
I have received your check for twenty five dollars on account. Thank you.
We are evidently eye witnesses to one of those great shiftings of power that have occurred periodically in Europe, as long as there has been a Europe, and there is not much to be done about it, except to suffer the anxiety of those on the side lines, and to try not to be shifted ourselves.
It seems that I have no definite philosophy that would be a consolation in these times, but if I had one, it would be of no use to you, for you would not like it and no doubt would despise it. Jo seems to be no better off than I am for philosophy, for she burst into tears among all the groceries in a store here in Wellfleet when she heard of the fall of Paris, and was patted and consoled by the grocer's wife, who I feel sure was much puzzled to know why anybody should actually weep over something happening so far away from Wellfleet.
Painting seems to be a good enough refuge from all this, if one can get one's dispersed mind together long enough to concentrate upon it.
Hope your class is going well, and best wishes from both of us.
Yours as ever,
Guy Pène du Bois Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.