The American Family
The American family: So affable, kind and good-natured, so cultivated in trades and fashion, so innocent of politics, tricks and cunning, and so desirous of learning, they seem to be like soft wax, ready to take any impression – I might say that if terrestrial happiness exists it must be in the house of an American family, where the kitchen floor is flooded with milk and Kellog’s. With all sorts of kids, the parents enjoy the benefit of them while they live, and leave them to the benefit of their family companies when they die.
In the backyard I buried a bottle with a piece of paper inside on which I had written that I’d taken possession of this home in the name of the Swiss government.
I will return home to my family determined to bring them to live here in the west as soon as possible, even if it means risking my life and fortune.