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Milan, Shrove Tuesday [27 February] 1770
We suddenly found ourselves having to drive to the opera and ball last Saturday with the steward, so I wasn`t able to write. Our concert is now behind us; it took place last Friday. footnote1 It passed off like all the others and requires no further explanation. We are in good health, God be praised, and while we`re not rich, we always have a little more than we need. With God`s help we`ll be leaving Milan and going to Parma on the Monday or Tuesday of the second week of Lent. footnote2 We`d go sooner, but His Excellency Count Firmian wants to give a grand concert for the ladies of his house during the first week of Lent; footnote3 and there are other things, too, that need to be sorted out first. Here people will still be eating meat tomorrow and on Thursday, there are operas and balls every day, with the final ball on Saturday. This is according to the Use of St Ambrose, which is how the whole city lives. In the monasteries, however, Roman customs are observed and Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. footnote4 But on Ash Wednesday and Thursday all the priests leave their monasteries and rush away to their acquaintances in the town and invite themselves to eat meat. How do you like that? Oh, in due course I`ll tell you a hundred such delightful stories, which, far from being edifying, are in fact extremely annoying. I`m extremely pleased to hear that Salzb. is so full of life and that you, too, have something to entertain you. Give everyone my best wishes. I shall write to His Excellency the Chief Steward before I leave here. Continue to address your letters to Monsieur Troger even after I`ve left here, he`ll forward them to the right address. Farewell. I must close. Wolfg. is busy writing two arias. footnote5 I kiss you and Nannerl 1000 times and am
Your old Mzt
Herr Basilius`s accident not only greatly upset us, it also cost Wolfg. many tears, you know how sensitive he is. God grant that he may get better. With all my heart I wish him a speedy recovery and send him our very best wishes.


And I kiss Mama and you, I`m completely confused with all the things I have to do and can`t possibly write any more.
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In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.