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All is Over

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wow this is sad.

Marguerite - I am afraid that all is over and we must be separated for a long time. I will keep faithfully every promise and hope; you will also; God bless my dearest and only love. Philip.

(The ad says "faith fully" but I think that was either a typo or they didn't spell faithfully as one word back then, because that makes much more sense.) Now I don't know if it's coincidence or not, but I was intrigued by the names (I can't imagine that "Marguerite" was all that common in America at that time) so I looked them up, and it turns out there kind of sort of was a Marguerite and Philip once upon a time. Marguerite de Valois was a daughter of Catherine de'Medici who married Henry of Navarre (aka Henry IV, King of France). But her sister married Philip II of Spain! So, kind of?

So it's possible that this just happened to be a couple whose names were really Marguerite and Philip - or they were using pseudonyms. Does this mean that "Philip" was somehow forced to marry "Marguerite's" sister? Except Marguerite de Valois' unrequited love was also named Henry (according to my trusty Wikipedia), so that doesn't really work either.

Oh well, all of this is totally besides the point. The point is, this personal makes me sad! It's just heartbreaking! Philip sounds so hopeless. I wonder what happened to force them apart? Cruel parents? Maybe one or both of them are married and their vengeful exes are refusing to give a divorce - something quite difficult to procure at the time without really, really, really good reason. I don't know. But I wish more of these personals were happy. It's depressing to read how many of these people's love affairs failed sometimes.

Speaking of, I'm sort of considering online dating. Would that be weird? How do you tell a person you meet through the personals that your (current) life's work is studying personals and you keep a blog in which you kind of make fun of the people who posted them?

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©2009 Pam Epstein

5 comments:

nboyd December 18, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

In case you're interested in Marguerite de Valois, there's a fabulous French movie from the mid-90s about her life called "La Reine Margot" (Queen Margot). Don't know if it's historically accurate (I've a feeling not), but a great watch all the same. Then again, I could watch Isabelle Adjani knit socks and be spellbound...

And re: online dating, I'm sure there's at least one guy in cyberspace who will appreciate the irony. Go for it! :)

Der Geis December 18, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

"How do you tell a person you meet through the personals that your (current) life's work is studying personals and you keep a blog in which you kind of make fun of the people who posted them? "

You do it just like that. It's the sort of refreshing reveal that lends an air of reality to the ad.

Pam December 18, 2009 at 4:12 PM  

nboyd and Der Geis - Good points both! Although I'm thinking maybe I should hold off until the dissertation is completed... One thing at a time.

BH December 19, 2009 at 1:03 PM  

Or for fun, try these from Seven Days, award winning weekly from Burlington, VT.
Bud
http://www.7dvt.com/personals

Pam December 20, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

Kathy - wow, who knew Vermont could be so risqué?

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