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Saturday, August 28, 2010

I ran across this ad yesterday and I'm so glad, because it fits in perfectly with my revisions, and it's also so, so romantic.  A perfect counterpart to Mister Practical of yesterday.  Here goes:

"No one is so accursed by fate,No one so utterly desolate,
But some heart, though unknown,
Responds unto his own."
A gentleman awaits a response from a lady of culture and refinement.  Address W.D., Constitution office.

Awww.  Love!  Any American Lit devotees may recognize the above quotation (I had to look it up), from a poem called "Endymion" (thus the heading of this blog post), by the very famous poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

This ad appeared in the midst of a personals column filled with patent medicines, quack cures, but enhancements, detoxes for drunks...all sorts of unsavory classifieds.  So I had never noticed it before, really, and yet there it was - a diamond in the rough.  A rose amidst the weeds.  What have you.  There is just something so, I don't know, hopeful about this ad.  I like the end: "A gentleman awaits a response..."  That's it.  No, "Hey look at me I'm so awesome and rich and I want a wealthy wife!"  Just, here's my sentiment, and if you match it, let me know.

Anyway, I'm off in a few hours to a wedding, so it seems only appropriate to have included an ad like this.  I hope he also had a happy ending!

©2010 Pam Epstein


Anonymous August 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

Hi Pam,

I ran across your blog by way of the "Best History Sites" list. Your blog is awesome - you've chosen a fascinating focus, publish consistently, and write very well.

When I need a dose of romanticism in the Victorian style, I know where I can find it.

Pam August 29, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

Thank you so much! Please keep reading!

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