Letter from Vanessa Bell, Durbins, Guildford, Surrey, to Duncan Grant. She is spending a 'ghastly' Christmas with her family at Roger Fry's 'gloomy' house, where it rains, Fry's daughter Pamela is ill, Clive criticises her clothes, adolescent Julian gets in the way, and family life in general impedes creativity. Bell is painting 'Woman and baby', Fry a still life. She discusses the possibility of their group staging Racine's 'Bérénice' and Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus', and will reserve her gossip about Oliver Strachey and Polly until she meets Grant. Also mentions Hannah Bell, Frankie Birrell, Joan Fry, Bunny Garnett, Noël Olivier, James, Lytton and Marjorie Strachey, and Virginia Woolf.