My apologies for not getting the December 13th Letters to Charlie installment up on the date of the letter! Although it was on my calendar, I ended up in Winslow much longer than expected, and since the letter was in California, I failed to hit the deadline. Part of the downside of a vagabond life… although I’m not complaining! Life is good. And I got to experience snow!
A Letters to Charlie Recap
(Photos are representations, not actual)
Since it’s been a while, let’s have a brief recap of the Letters to Charlie series. If you’d like to read through them again, you can click the above link or scroll to the bottom for links to the individual letters.
The first letter came in August 1907 from a woman named Dora, a fellow telephone operator in New Hampshire. Most interestingly, we learn Dora is twenty-three to Charlie’s fifteen. It’s clear from the beginning that Dora has feelings for Charlie, but unclear if those feelings are reciprocated.
Over the next two years, the two continue to correspond, although another woman steps in at one point. Helen, a school teacher also older than Charlie–and definitely more in control of the situation than Dora.
Helen sticks around for only three letters, and then we are back with Dora–although something is going on with her. She is in Benton New Hampshire for her health. Her letters during this convalescence for whooping cough become even needier and more desperate.
She even goes so far as to use the L word.
When she doesn’t hear from him after her confessions of love, she is hurt and angry and writes again. That was the last time we heard from her. In that letter dated August 18th, 1909, she says:
Don’t say you want to forget me for that would kill me. I can’t forget you.
Dang. Pretty heart-wrenching.
That’s when radio silence fell. Four long months went by without communication. Dora returned to her home in Lisbon after a couple of months recuperating in Benton. On December 13th, 1909, a letter lands in Charlie’s mailbox.
Without further ado, the latest, written on a fancier paper than usual, and quite lengthy.
Letters to Charlie #16
My goodness, Dora certainly forgives Charlie easy enough, doesn’t she? A couple of letters and verses from him and all of her doubts are erased–even though Janette clearly was trying to make her see the hard truth about Charlie.
Or maybe I’m jumping to a conclusion. Maybe Charlie had a legitimate excuse for disappearing, but I don’t know. He’s always doing something hurtful and then asking for forgiveness. How many times will Dora blindly forgive him? And what about this Mary person, huh? Is that why he vanished? Hmmm… We’ll have to wait and see.
At least Dora doesn’t sound so suicidal now.
Until the next letter on January 25th, 1910.
Later gators!UP TO SPEED WITH THE LETTERS
New to the Letters to Charlie series? Here are links to the preceding letters to catch up.
- The Idea Forms – 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
- Fourteen – August 3, 1909
- Fifteen – August 18, 1909