Hello friends of Dora and Charlie!
I had a brilliant idea, one I should have thought of in April. The idea is this: Post the letters on the date of the letter, that way we truly feel the gap between them. To get current, I’ll post this one from April 20, then over the next couple of days, May 9, June 1, then hopefully I can post the letter from June 30th on the 30th, so…
Let’s Get Up to Speed
Dora’s last letter was February, two months prior to this one. She was angry and hurt by something Charles had said. There was the impression Dora does know Charlie’s age when she says something about knowing she should not feel for him the way she does. Dora also spoke of a choice she’d made: Charlie, over another suitor, a Mr. Bailey. I’m guessing Charlie has led her to believe they can be something more, considering her line regarding if he is not true to her, what would she do.
Judging by the tone of this letter, it seems Dora has forgiven him for whatever he’d said to hurt her.
Let’s get to it.
Letter #6 in the Letters to Charlie Series
[su_box title=”April 20, 1909″ style=”soft” box_color=”#c46e54″ radius=”10 “]Woodsville, NH
April 20, 1909
My dear Charles,
As long as I don’t care to have our friends at Warren know all our business you won’t object to me writing and telling you what I want, will you? No doubt you can guess what it is.
Why can’t you come up here Thursday on the evening train if not then Saturday? I want you to come. There will be only Bernice, John and Milo here—and they won’t come where we are.
There is nothing to be afraid of unless you are afraid of me.
You surely know the way from the station to the house, and I will be watching for you. If it was so I could I would go over to Wells River and meet you, but that is impossible this time. Please dear don’t disappoint me. You need not make any excuses for I just will not listen to them. You must come and that is all there is to it, you surely ought to understand that.
I was somewhat surprised when I received your last letter. I was beginning to think you had forgotten me. It was so good of you to write when you were not feeling well.
Have you received your postcard from Mrs. Eastman yet? Perhaps she can’t take the time to think of you.
I missed you from the office this morning at half past seve
I shall expect you to call me and tell me that you will be here Thursday or Saturday. Please say “yes.” Can’t you do as much as that for me?
Hmmm… Can you guess what Dora wants to tell him?
And what the heck was up with, There is nothing to be afraid of unless you are afraid of me, bit? That’s sounding kinda crazy, Dora. This letter has a seriously stalker-ish tone.
I do get the sense, though, that they’ve moved this relationship to another level. It feels as if they’ve been seeing each other more, or at least talking across the line. The first sentence about people knowing their business likely refers to the Warren operators listening in. Letters can be more private–that is, until 110 years later when some nosy writer finds a box of them in a vintage shop and publishes them on the web…
Until next time…
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