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Letter to mother describing walking into village for "college ice," cold weather clothing needs, receiving mixed feedback on her writing style, and details of Carmen Melis concert.


206 College Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 24th January, 1912. Dear Mamma: If you don't get this as early as usual, it's because we took a walk last night instead of staying in, as we should. We went to the vill about nine o’clock and had a college ice. The walk did us lots of good, even if the college ice didn't. Mission study class met as usual, but was a little more interesting. Several of us reported on special outside topics. [page 2] Two letters from you on Monday was indeed a treat. You evidently had a very exciting time with the Bishop. But I don't think they’ll shun our house, simply because they were locked out once. I'll try and send you the steamer trunk at once, although you didn't tell me how to send it. The muff question sounds interesting. I think I could use one to very good advantage, as in the coldest weather it is only my hands that suffer. I hope Rockwell’s sale won't be over by this time. The stores in Boston are making wonderful reductions in furs, gowns, [page 3] and everything else. I can't find out about any exciting operas or concerts about the 10th., but perhaps it is too soon for them to be advertised. I'm going to get a Saturday night’s paper, which ought to have them in. The big thing in Boston now is Pelleas and Melisande (excuse spelling), with Maeterlink [mis-spelling: Maeterlinck]’s wife singing in it. I got back some short themes yesterday with this written on: “Your style is clear, logical. It resembles clockwork. It lacks concrete imagery, nerve, imagination. So far it is indeed rather good; it might be excellent.” Isn't that a blow? I think I’ll [page 4] write a fairy story for the next one. I don't think the guest room is available except for ministers and speakers, but I'll find out. Mme. Carmen Melis, who sang Monday night, made quite a sensation. She brought along a maid, a husband, an accompanist, and a barytone assister. The whole crowd, foreigners, were rather amazed when we cheered them in center afterwards. I mustn’t write anymore now, as it's time to go to chapel. N. B. I got up at 6.30 this morning. With lots of love, Mary.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Academics;Arts, Theater and Music;Buildings and Grounds;Student Life


Cold; Clothing and dress; Grading and marking (Students); Concerts; Melis, Carmen, 1885-1967; College Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 January 24



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