Monday, January 18, 2010
My computer tells me it's 7pm (currently awaiting a transfer in Montréal), but my brain is thinking midnight and man, I'm exhausted. Therefore, expect no lines of brilliance in today's post. Tomorrow I'll be back in gear but for now you'll have to settle for drawing your own conclusions.
But I did find this ad intriguing:
Madison avenue car, Saturday, December 29, afternoon. - Gentleman stopped car for young lady going out, probably 56th st., remarking, 'I am ever so much obliged to you.' Will the lady have the kindness to permit sincere gentleman the opportunity for repeating these words only once more? Please address Memento [Meum?], box 200 Herald office.
I'm curious how this interaction played out. He writes that he stopped the car for the young lady going out, but he's the one who says he's "ever so much obliged to you." That's odd. If he stopped the car for her, why isn't she thanking him? What did the lady do that makes our author feel obliged? Did she speak to him? What did they say? She can't have given him any contact information or he wouldn't be asking for a correspondence. Perhaps she just nodded and smiled, or maybe she took his hand while alighting from the stagecoach, and he was so thrilled by this that he had to tell her how grateful he was? I wish I knew!
I'm also curious about the name he gives, which unfortunately I can't make out. I gave my best guess, but I doubt that I'm right - many of you have better eyes than me, and I'm too tired to try and make it out (also: a 32-ounce beer is really big, and maybe not a brilliant idea when you're jetlagged. Just sayin'.) "Memento..."? Is that a hint? Oooh - maybe she gave him something, like a memento, and that's why he's obliged to her! That's got to be it! But what did she give him? A feather from her hat? A bangle? A brooch? I wonder! Very, very racy!
And I like his line: asking for the opportunity to say it again. That's kind of sweet - or anyway, clever. I don't know, I might fall for that. But, again, not thinking clearly at the moment so who knows what I'd fall for right now...
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