My Dear Friend,
Thank you for your kind letter. I’m sorry it took me so long to reply: I teach four classes a day, plus tutoring, (which comes with duties of its own), and I correct papers, often over a hundred a week. I feel quite overwhelmed. Add to that, literary and scholarly work, for which I steal some time, and days turn into nights. I feel that I won’t be able to keep this up beyond the end of the year. I am unable to meet with anyone and now that Halas is no longer in Prague, I live quite a solitary existence. Despite my best intentions, my schedule simply does not allow for me to reply to letters, not even on Sundays, so will most likely remain a boor despite your kind warning, especially since I will not have in the foreseeable future a cohort of assistants and typists, who would ease my burden and allow me to resemble the gentlemen whom (illegible). My only consolation is that in no way would I want to resemble said gentlemen, who have been held up to me as examples of worthy of following.
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Be so kind as to share the details with me! Wishing you much success. Devotedly yours,