If I was around back in 1909, and Dora and I were pals, I’d pop into the future, get a copy of the book He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt, hand it to her, and tell her to wake up. Okay… I probably wouldn’t be quite so blunt, but I would try and gently get her to see the truth.
Seriously, Dora. If he’s making excuses, and not coming to see you, and putting it back on you…
Oh wait. you haven’t read the letter yet, have you? And here I am babbling my visceral reaction. Go ahead and give the letter a read and see what you think.
People Mentioned in the Letter
Mrs. E is Dr. Eastman’s wife (Charlie and Dora’s employers at the telephone company). DK is the Eastman’s son. Carrie is a telephone operator at Bradford with Charlie. Clara… I still haven’t fully defined who she is, even though she is mentioned a lot. My hunch is that she’s an operator with Dora in Woodsville. Christie and Zena are Dora’s sisters. Dora writes from Benton again, where she continues to convalesce from whooping cough.
Letters to Charlie #14
Well, she’s finally done it. She’s come right out and used the L word. I love how after the first drop, she immediately switches the conversation to the weather.
But then she gets brave, and says it again.
When you feel one of those melancholy spells coming on just remember that I love you.
Come on, Dora. Like I said, read the signs. If he was in town and made an excuse not to come visit you, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU. There is no other reason. Whatever this whole melancholy thing, and the feeling discouraged, or calling her manner cold or formal is just an excuse. Try as you might, you likely won’t change his mind.
Understand this, Dora, when a man is in love, he’ll move mountains to be with you. Even after twenty years married, Brian often forgoes an extra day in the desert—even though he loves it—because he wants us to be together. If Charlie was into you, he would come see you. Period.
Oh, Dora, you get me riled up sometimes. When are you going to learn and move on??
We have an opposing opinion. While proofreading my post, Brian threw out this possibility: What if the reason Charlie isn’t going to visit Dora is because he’s afraid he’ll catch whatever she has? Whooping cough is very contagious, after all. Something to ponder, especially since we have only one side of the conversation.
What do you think?
Until the next letter, dated August 18…
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UP TO SPEED WITH THE LETTERS TO CHARLIE
New to the Letters to Charlie series? Here are links to the preceding letters to catch up:
- The Beginning January 1, 2018
- One– August 25, 1907
- Two – June 21, 1908
- Three – July 8, 1908
- Four and Five – August 28, 1908 and February 5, 1909
- Six – April 20, 1909
- Seven – May 9, 1909
- Eight – June 1, 1909
- Nine – June 30, 1909
- Ten – July 11, 1909
- Eleven – July 13, 1909
- Twelve – July 18, 1909
- Thirteen – July 24, 1909