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Friday, May 21, 2010

I think these ads are from people planning little rendezvous!

I will be at hotel on Monday at half-past two, if I do not see you, then Tuesday at the same place and hour.  Pray come; I want to see you before I leave the country.  B--------Y.

A - Have returned.  Your things have arrived.  No news for over a week.  Your silence worries me.  If you wish me to remain let me hear Tuesday morning, at latest.  Yes!  Utterly.

The first is more obvious.  I mean, really, why else would you put a personal ad in the paper inviting someone to meet you at a hotel if you didn't have one particular thing in mind.  Especially right in the middle of the day like that - I mean, fun, but I think one or both of these people is married and they have to meet at a hotel to escape detection.  How very tawdry.  I wonder where "B--------Y" is going?  Let me guess: he's some rich world traveler with a little mistress on the side in the city.  So they have their little rendezvous when he comes through town.  So spicy.

The second honestly could mean anything.  My entertaining, though probably inaccurate, reading of this ad is that there are these two people who wanted to be together but couldn't, so arranged to meet in the city.  I think they were going to run away with each other, because "Utterly" has been waiting for a week, and can continue to wait for a few days more.  So "A" sent her (I am totally guessing with the sexes here) things ahead because when she left her parents' house she didn't want them to see her carrying luggage.  Or, she just had a lot of stuff and so sent some of it in advance.  But then she changed her mind.  Panicked, realized what a mistake she was making, and so chickened out and hasn't even the courtesy to let poor "Utterly" know where she's at.  Alternately, her family/husband/whoever caught her in the act of slipping out the window in the middle of the night and locked her in her bedroom without even a pen and paper to let her forlorn lover know where she is. 

I prefer the second story, since it's all romantic and stuff, but in reality it was probably something entirely different.  Anyway, have a great weekend, people!

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

Just found this blog thanks to the Rutgers alumni magazine and I'm glad I did - it's adorable! Keep up the good work!

Pam May 23, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

Thanks! Please keep reading!

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