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Strong and beautiful

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hard to read, but luckily, I'm here for you!

F.C.E. - Your strong, helpful letter has reached me.  Everything you write is true.  I was a fool, but thank God, the cobwebs are out of my brain.  You have done wonders with me.  I am entirely changed.  I shall be politic and patient.  You are very wise, and I shall take my plans from you.  You will find me a very reasonable person in the future.  You are as good and kind as you are beautiful.  I love you.  Write me when you can.

Well, I can imagine quite a few scenarios here!  Actually this ad reminds me a lot of another one, written around the same time, here, which I thought was all about a guy cheating on his girlfriend.  I'm not sure the exact same situation is going on here, but the tone of repentance is similar.

I think that this person either got totally bewitched by another woman (I think the writer is a man because he calls his correspondent "beautiful," which you just don't say about men - though of course it could be a woman to a woman or a man to a man, who knows?) and thought he was in love.  Or, somehow other people convinced him that F.C.E. was cheating on him, or a bad person, or something. 

Whatever the case, he's seen the light!  He's been saved, not a moment too soon!

I'm also not entirely sure that the author and F.C.E. are romantically involved, though that's obviously what I tend to assume.  I mean, you don't have to be in a relationship with someone to love them.  F.C.E. could be a dear friend, a sibling, who knows?  I'm going back to David Copperfield again, actually, and thinking about his relationship to Agnes throughout most of the book.  Seems like a fairly similar story.  F.C.E. is his sister or sisterly friend who is wise beyond her years, loyal, faithful, loving and good - and the author is a foolish young man easily swayed by fascinating, though immoral or at the least, unsuited, people. 

But now he's been redeemed!  At least for the moment.  I can't help but think that he's been cured of whatever foolish infatuation he had, but he's young and susceptible, and I suspect that if some other bewitching young lady fluttered her eyelashes in his direction he'd fall head over heels all over again.

Thoughts?

©2010 Pam Epstein

2 comments:

Cari Hislop August 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

I'd question anyone who says 'I am entirely changed'. It's that use of an adverb which makes me think the sender probably wanted this beautiful person they loved to think well of them. Politicians often fall back on adverbs when they're trying to persuade the electorate of some untruth.

And that line, I shall take my plans from you...if this is a man he has no spine. It sounds more like something a woman would say to a guardian.

What a strange letter! I wish there was a book I could get from the library so I could read the whole story! :)

Pam August 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

Oh Cari, I wish that every day!

My sense of the "I shall take my plans from you" was not so much about lacking a spine as being humble and promising to defer to the other person's wiser judgment. But I guess it could be both.

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