|[Alexandria] 27th May 1884
|My dear Constantine,
I have none of yours to acknowledge but note from Alexander’s letter to Aristides, that mother, Paul and you are still in town. Alexander’s letter has touched me most painfully ¯ Poor fellow. I can well understand his annoyance, and grieve to think that there is no immediate remedy for his or the situation of us all in general.
Aristides is at a dead stop with his business and has done nothing for some time past. You cannot imagine how our misfortunes (which are a good sample of those of many another) have made me hate the English.
They, and their pomp and their grandeur, are a great fallacy, a living humbug. No other nation in the world would have occupied a country for two years, and then, as they, have nothing to shew of work done, of good effected. There is a general outcry against them and they richly deserve it.
Kneen is away in Cairo and John, the servant of all work, is again to the ’fore: but our business, like that of everybody else, is limited and bad.
Many kisses to mother, Alexander and Paul.
With best love
I am yours ever
C.F. Cavafy Esquire
|From John C. Cavafy|
To Constantine Cavafy
Transcribed and edited by Katerina Ghika