Happy Friday the 13th! Hope you didn’t break any mirrors or walk under any ladders today. I’d say I hope no black cats crossed your path, but I like black cats. We considered every Friday the 13th our black cat Alvarado’s birthday. RIP, Big Al.
Along with superstitions, this July 13th brings something else: Another letter from Helen.
We’ve been following the letters between twenty-five-year-old Dora and seventeen-year-old Charlie since August 1907–both telephone operators working for Dr. Eastman—but then on June 30th, 1909, something else happened: A letter from nineteen-year-old teacher Helen.
Turns out Helen wasn’t new to the game, though. In Dora’s first letter she mentions another girl’s letter and photo that Charlie had sent to her. That girl? Helen. Evidentially they had been writing to each other as well, but for some reason, stopped… until now. In fact, Helen answers the question of why they stopped writing in this letter in a pretty snide way. Gave me a good laugh.
She also answers the question of seeing each other to satisfy her curiosity in a pretty hilarious way. Helen is sharp. Witty. A very different tone than Dora.
Letters to Charlie #11
Maybe it’s just me, but I love how Helen is clearly in control of whatever is happening between them. See what you think…
Her signing off with a question mark cracked me up.
And telling him not to bother about satisfying her curiosity. And calling him out on the “love is blind” b.s.! Ha!
I’ve gotta say… I really like Helen. Clearly Charlie is intrigued with her too.
I wonder, though, if Helen is losing patience with him. And what about Dora? Has she just fallen off the planet? We’ll have to wait until the next letter on July 18th to find out.
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UP TO SPEED WITH THE LETTERS
If you’re new to the Letters to Charlie series, here are links to the preceding letters to catch up: