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So sad!

Friday, September 25, 2009

This one just about broke my heart.


It simply says, "M.P. - God bless my darling pet wife; you suffer, darling; be not sad; I love you more than ever; give me thy heart; will see you in April; we will be happy then, pet. LEO."

Oh. My. God. This is just the sweetest, saddest thing I have ever read. And I have seen some heartrending personal ads, my friends. I wonder what happened? I mean, for starters, why is a married couple relying on personals anyway? Shouldn't he be able to write his own wife a letter? My imagination is running away with me here: I've just decided that Leo broke the law somehow and is a fugitive from justice, so he can't send mail as his location would be given away by the postal stamp (I have no idea if such things existed back then). So he's got to disappear, which is why she's suffering, but he's going to find a way back to her in April.

Or it could be something else less dramatic. Like, maybe he can't earn any money where they live so he's gone out West to work on the railroad or whatever for awhile. Whatever the case may be, he sounds so desperately miserable to be without his wife. I never found another ad from Leo before or after this (well, no ads that seemed to be to or from this particular Leo). I actually went so far as to skim ads at the end of March but really, I only have so much time on my hands and I didn't see anything that stuck out.

These are the times I wish so much I could find out what happened. Okay, I always want to know what happened. But ads like this one - I just want to know if there was a happy ending!

Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!

©2009 Pam Epstein

2 comments:

Ms Avery September 25, 2009 at 3:38 PM  

I have some idea that "wife" was sometimes used as a term of affection in the old days, where the couple wasn't yet married but wanted/intended to be. I'm not sure what I'm basing that on, though.

(Come to that, my fiancé and I call each other husband and wife on occasion.)

But their being separated might make a bit more sense if they weren't actually married, just wishing they were.

Pam September 25, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

Hmm, that's a good point - that would go a long way to explain both the separation and the need to communicate this way (perhaps the engagement was not approved by their parents??).

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