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My darling, I cannot write you a little word tonight, This longing to see you sends me to my desk as regularly as the clock comes ‘round to nine, and if I talk with you in person for a little, the “empty place” seems not quite so forlorn! It is almost time for our after sunrise supper, which we always have Sunday evening, my mother, father and I, such a cozy little group - there is a place at the table for you, dear, as well as the place in my heart. How well you fit into it,
Jeannette - Does it seem possible that it is only a few short weeks since we have felt first we could say all that we feel, without restraint or constraint? Two such proud ladies, too, each one afraid that she felt more than the other and determined to keep her own self- respect! How fond we are of that last, you and I, and how strange it is, con- sidering that fact, that we did not keep on until the end of time, very good friends very polite and considerate of each other, without having the joy of knowing and express- ing all the deep affection which each had in her heart for the other. It makes me so happy to see
you happy - Jeannette - to feel that I have a part in it, you are so dear to me be- cause you are what you are - yourself! as I cannot ex- press it in words and one of my deepest joys the last few weeks has been to see your face grow happier and to realize that perhaps I had something to do with it! I cannot tell you what you are to me, first a part of my life and a very big part - No one for whom I long when I am tired or perplexed or pleased or -----in what- ever mood I may happen to be! There are many things in life which are very agreeable, but which are not essential - I enjoy lots of the things, which I having just now -- but----I could be without
them-- It would be pretty hard back now, having once known your love, to live cheerfully and happily without it. So, dear, do not try to be like me - I fall so far short - Set us rather by to help each other to be what we wish our lives to be, I must be strong this next term, in so many ways, dearest, and I shall rely up- on you, oh! so much, not in the way of doing things if only you can be with me during the hour which is yours and to which I look forward all of the twenty-four. It is work which to wait for great things and an affection as deep and strong as ours is surely a great thing in our lives.
MEW Tuesday afternoon -- I am just home from Boston and find your letter, finished Sunday evening awaiting me. Dear, dear little girl, if only I could put my arms around you and try to make it easier! I cannot bear to have you away from me, and away when you need me - I have felt every evening that I must see you and I have tried to
make writing take the place of being - but it does not, does it, dear? I cannot say all that I wish - I must send this very soon, in order that you may hear from me tomorrow - My Sunday letter went half-finished but never mind. I should near finish saying all that I have in my heart to say to you, Jeannette. I did not call you “child,” indeed I did not! I am not so old - you need
not think it, no matter what the papers may say! Dear, I have a lovely scheme, which is, for us to go to the shore, to some quiet place, for a lovely Sunday together, if not during the term, at least right soon after it. I had a moment’s talk with Miss Plucter [??] at the reception Saturday which I will follow up by a letter or call - she did not say that she had an
opening in her school, neither did she say that she had not - I have a faint hope; at least I will try. Dear, this must go - and with it goes the tenderest love which is in me to give to my friend. - and that is yours, as you well know - M.E.W. 288 High Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island April tenth, nineteen hundred
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