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Letter from Ronald Sokol to Daniel Meador, Thursday, August 26, 1999

Sokol Law Offices
14, rue Principale
13540 Puyricard

Professor Daniel J. Meador
James Monroe Professor of Law
University of Virginia
School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-1789

Thursday, August 26, 1999

Dear Dan,

Well, my notes say I finished it in early July, and I have been allowing my thoughts to
simmer before writing you with a reaction. I recall I read through it in three days of fairly
continuous reading, so it certainly held my interest. It seems to me, if I may humbly say
so, that you have progressed enormously since your last novel. The plot is carefully, even
brilliantly, constructed, and everything holds together very nicely. The story carries one
along, and the momentum is excellent. On the negative side, if pushed to express
negatives, I would say that you do not have the natural gift for dialogue of a born
novelist, but the dialogue is good, and it is astonishing to me that you are able to do it at
all having started so late in life. Likewise, the construction or creation of character could
perhaps be improved. After finishing the novel I went back to the first chapters of Anna
Karenins and Pride and Prejudice to remind myself how the masters do it. All in all, you
have written an amazingly good novel which I read with deep interest and pleasure. I
sincerely hope that you have another one turning in your head.

I am enjoying my practice once again and seem to have recovered from the mild bout of
ennui that afflicted me during the past year or two. I sent you an article that I wrote which
I think is the best thing I have done for awhile. If it catches your interest, let me know
what you think of it.

With warmest regards.

RS [signature]

Ronald P. Sokol

Tél. 33-04-42-92-08-20 Fax: 33-04-42-92-14-51

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