To those of my dear, delicious friends who witnessed my disgraceful breakdown yesterday, I am most terribly sorry.
And to Lin-Sjian Yujao — I’m not sure a mere apology suffices for my rudeness yesterday while you were a guest in my tea room. I can only pray your forgiveness and that you will give me a chance to amend for my wretchedly poor behavior.
You were all right to remind me that I am not the only one left waiting for the fulfillment of these things, nor would I be the only one left bereft over the delay. My favorite rumormongers in the city assure me that the block is only temporary and I can resume my work upon it fairly soon. They counsel me to patience, as so many of you have done. Such counsel is bitter indeed, but the bitterness can be made sweeter with such friends to share it. I truly cannot thank you enough.
With fondest regards–