Welcome back to the Letters to Charlie series. Instead of my usual pre-pontificating, let’s get right to the letter and talk about Dora’s words on the other end.
Letters to Charlie #8
I love that the speaking program was still included with the letter, don’t you?
I’m curious about Mr. Arthur. He was mentioned in Letter #2, in an intriguing way.
Are you and Mr. Arthur finding out all you want to from one another? He says that he don’t believe only about half what you tell him, but everything that he has told me has come very near being the truth. He is very anxious to know about May 26, but I won’t tell. You can if you want to.
Does Dora believe Charlie will be glad to see him go west because with him gone there’ll be less competition? Had Mr. Arthur expressed interest in Dora? And what about Mr. Gleason? Again, it sounds as if Dora is shooing suitors away.
Funny too how vanity is vanity throughout time, with her concern about her weight and the absense of blush in her cheeks. Some things never change I suppose.
A Question of Ethics
I find it interesting that Dora at one point asked Charlie for her letters back. It’s bizarre to think—and I’m sure Dora couldn’t fathom—that these letters would end up in the hands of some random person 109 years after they were written, and then placed on this magical thing called the “internet” for anyone to read. Is it wrong to publish them? Sometimes I wonder.
But then I think about the interesting historical elements, like hearing first hand about the early days of automobiling. She makes jumping out of a car in flames sound so normal. Also interesting is her saying it will be her last automobile ride. It’s hard to believe cars were a novelty back then. Little did she know autos would become a vital element of modern life. Imagine snapping her out of 1909 and putting her on an LA freeway today. Talk about terror.
The next letter, dated June 30th, is really going to shake things up. How’s that for a tease?
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UP TO SPEED WITH THE LETTERS
If you’re new to the Letter’s to Charlie series, here are links to the preceding letters to catch up: