Friday, November 27, 2009
I hope everyone (in the States, anyway) had as pleasant a Thanksgiving as I did! It was great to take a day off from everything, but today I go back to work. Luckily, I have a funny ad to make that easier.
This one reads: Willie is desired to write no more notes, as the acts of Mr. H. C******* or what his lady friend does, is a matter of perfect indifference to injured one, who does not even thank Willie for his sympathy.
I don't know what it means, but I love it. Ads like this always amuse me. It reminds me of the first and third of these and the last one here. People back then were fun-ny.
This sounds like one of two things. The first more exciting possibility is that Willie is trying to threaten the author - like if you don't do what I tell you, I'll hurt people you care about. So the author is all, "Whatever, do what you will, I don't care." That's the more entertaining scenario. But what I really think was going on was far much simpler.
Let's pretend for a moment that the author is a lady, although it could go either way. She was in a relationship with Mr. H.C*******, and he jilted her for another woman (which is why I say the author is a woman because she calls him by name, but not the "lady friend" whereas if the author was a man I think it'd be the other way around). Willie, I presume, was in turn jilted by the lady friend in question, who left him for Mr. H.C. Willie is furious and heartbroken and probably thinks that our author feels the same, so is writing her constantly, like: "Those jerks! I can't believe they did this to us! They're parading around town like they didn't do anything wrong! You deserve better! Let's hang out together and talk about our feelings! Waahh!"
Whether or not Mr. H.C. and his lady friend are actually a matter of indifference to the author is of course impossible to know. But I am glad that she has the dignity to be all: "Back off, dude - it's over, and I'm not going to sit around and bitch about it with a total stranger." She doesn't even deign to write Willie an actual letter - just puts this in the personals and washes her hands of the whole thing. (I don't know if he was writing her actual letters or putting ads in the personals because, unfortunately, I don't have too many of the editions of this paper around this one.)
You go, girl!
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