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Dear Pat

The note has been somewhere in my mind. It sometimes shows up vaguely and I start thinking about it.



Dear Pat,
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, “A box.”
“What for?”
“To put things in.”
“What kind of things?”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts- the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.
JOHN



I don’t remember the entire note above, but I feel as if part of it tries to drag me somewhere. The note has its place in my mind. It doesn’t stay away from me.

“John must have written this to his son! How wonderful it is!” But I’ve recently found my idea was totally wrong. As a matter of fact, John wrote to his dear friend called Pat to show his gratitude.

I once read this novel containing the above note in Japanese and English as well. The story is based on Cain and Abel in Book Genesis of the Old Testament. Probably there is no one who doesn’t know this famous movie, but I decisively say that it doesn’t overpower the original novel.

If you open this novel, you will see the above note first.

Helped by his editor Pat, John Steinbeck gave birth to this masterpiece, East of Eden.
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