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Sweet winds were vesper bells

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Amazingly, even the shortest correspondences could be full of pathos:

"Stuff - Memory a constant pleasure, with recurring pain: can be so little to you; things. J."

I'm actually pretty sure there are a few other ads addressed either to or from "Stuff"; it's a pseudonym that sounds familiar but when I did a quick search through my ads I couldn't find anymore. Maybe I'll run across them later. Poor J. Sounds so sad! Clearly he (or she) is trying to keep it down to just two lines, as any longer would cost more, but I do wonder what the "things" means - and if "Stuff" would know.

"A man who is in love, like me, can, unknown beauty, not meet thee. Red Rose."

Oh Red Rose, if you can't write poetry, please don't try. It sort of takes away from the sentiment when you mangle a sentence like that (though as I've said before, that was one of the Victorians' greatest talents). I find it so amusing, though, the way that even in a two line sentence, these authors still manage to throw in multiple punctuation marks. These 19th-century writers were way, way too fond of semi-colons and commas. ( Although honestly I've got a soft spot for semi-colons myself, when used properly.)

Now this next one was a nice find.

Away back when, in the early days of this blog, I posted another ad from Mine and Thine, but I never knew there was a follow-up . This one says, "Mine. - One week to-day sweet winds were vesper bells, and two rose witnesses nodded tenderly."

I half think this is charming, and then half super-syrupy, but there is something nice about it. I would say, however, that Thine is a little better at the romantic phrasing than Red Rose; maybe he or she had more practice. I always like finding personals from people who aren't trying to arrange a meeting or send an important message; there's something so nice about the fact that sometimes the authors just wanted to tell their partners they loved them. And unlike J., Thine doesn't spare any expenses; since this newspaper charged by the line, he or she would have paid a lot extra for just one and a half words.

Well, those are my rambling thoughts of the day. I start teaching tomorrow - a new semester begins! - so I'll be a little too busy for a new post. So long, summer! It was nice knowing you.

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