<> GreacenStanford274 Letters to Stanford Greacen Estate 1977 Apr 6th LHL Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF GreacenStanford274 Letter Captain Fox English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/greacenstanford274 LHL LHL Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/GreacenStanford274.jpg LHL Archive pity he can’t understand that I like him in a number of ways and my liking is not determined by whether he’s a good writer or not. My closest friend (the art teacher in Belfast) has no interest whatever in writing -- I gave him a signed copy of the Fox book but he probably looked at it for 5 minutes and never opened it again. I had a very interesting though short time in Germany — a stay lengthened by nearly a day because of our splendid fellows at Heathrow. My German friend drove me to Stuttgart from his town (Bietigheim),nearly an hour(s journey,only to find that the flight had been cancelled because of the strike. Fortunately,there was a cancellation on a Lufthansa flight the next morning and I got it without any extra payment. Helmut drove me back in the pouring rain to his house,plied me with more food,beer and wine, conversation and music; and then we were up at 5 a.m. to have a good breakfast before returning to Stuttgart Airport, (“it’ll be allright this time”,xxxxx he said, "you can rely on Lufthansa." The implication being that you can’t rely on anything Britiish. I felt ashamed,knowing he was right.) Herta came and he put her up. We had a very xxxxxxxxxx good time,as Helmut loves driving round and pointing out the sights -- interesting for Herta too as she doesn’t know that part of Baden-Wurrtemberg. The xxxx highlight for me was a visit to the Schiller Museum in Marbach. xx I was very lucky in that a Hermann Hesse exhibition had opened a few days earlier. Oddly enough,I’d read a Hesse novel a few months ago. Still feeling a bit tired after my Teutonic adventures and the attempt by British Airways to keep me in Germany,bless their kind hearts. Once again,lots and lots of success with INSIDE THE FORTIES. Love to you both - Robert Text