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Letter to parents about her and her roommate's concerns that they are gaining weight; hearing a sermon by Dean Hodges of Harvard; permission to see Joseph Hofmann, operas, and "Macbeth" with E.H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe; attending upcoming concert with Marcella Sembrich; and Halloween dinner, festivities, and Barn play "You Never Can Tell" by George Bernard Shaw.


11 The Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 30 October, 1910. Dearest People,- Esther is getting worried because she is getting so fat. She says if she was only a chicken, I could have a big feed. I told her I wouldn’t want a chicken for a roommate. But she really is taking on flesh, especially in her face. And I am too. Yesterday I could hardly get my belt on. I think I’ll get weighed the next time I’m up to the gym. This a perfect day but is quite cold. The attendance at chael was [page 2] Good. The sermon was by Dean Hodges of Harvard Theological school. It was an Episcopal service so he didn’t have to preach long. I’m so excited about something, and I want to ask you what to do about it. I read the Boston paper this morning, and found several things that I want to go to: a recital by Joseph Hoffman on Monday, Nov. 14 at 2:30; several operas at the Opera House, such as Lucia, Rigoletto; and E.H. Sothern with Julia Marlowe in “Macbeth” for the week of Nov.14. I’m anxious to go to them all but more especially Macbeth I think, because I’m so fond of the play and want the chance to hear some one [mis-spelling: someone] good in it. Now what shall I do? The seats for Macbeth are [page 3] $2.00, $1.50 and $1.00, but I think I’d have to get the $2.00 ones to get full benefit. The seats for Hoffman are the same price but of course at a musical entertainment it don’t matter so much where you sit. All the girls are crazy to go to Macbeth. Emma Seifried is going with me tomorrow to hear Lembrich, as Esther doesn’t think she ought to take the time. I really ought not to either as I wasted all the afternoon yesterday on an English Theme, and haven’t got it done yet. But I can’t miss hearing Lembrich. Emma was just crazy about it when I asked her, [illegible: Erminie?] and Helen Humphrey are going too. We have been having the loveliest times lately. Friday night Miss Swift gave us a Halloween Dinner. When [page 4] we went over, the waiting room was hung with sheets, and black paper bats, skulls etc. pinned around. The lights were green and soon they were turned out entirely. While Miss Swift in a very shaky low voice recited a ghost story, ending in a shriek. Then we went in the dining-room which was also decorated; jack-lanterns on the window sills, corn and foliage on the chandeliers, candles at each place in candlesticks made of vegetables, a double row of peanuts around the table, and black cats for place cards. The maids were dressed as witches with great tall hats. We had a swell dinner; chicken etc, apples for salad and we threw the skins to get initials. The desert was the climax: strawberry mousse in the shape of pumpkins, and white fudge cake in [page 5] Two layers with marshmallow frosting, and in the top a black witch riding on the moon - Oh we had the most fun. The tables took turns giving cheers to thank Miss Swift. We didn’t get through till quarter of eight. Last night was the first Barn play, “You Never Can Tell”, by George Bernard Shaw, given by numbers of the three upper classes, we went at quarter of seven and found them standing in line almost up to Stone Hall. The doors were opened at 7:30 and we went in immediately. Had to stand up but had good places so we didn’t care. The play was perfectly great. The girls made splendid men. Between the acts everybody sang and gave various cheers. Last years’ Barn President [page 6] Made a speech. The were alumnae there from 1909, 1908, 1907, 1906 so you see it was very interesting. We got home at five minutes of ten, somewhat tired. This morning we got up to breakfast for a change and I think we felt better for it. I stopped in to see Elizabeth Bryant Friday afternoon. I found her and her roommate in the midst of confusion, for they were unpacking laundry. Consequently I didn’t stay very long. We are all invited up to Pomeroy for tomorrow night. Expect to have a great time. [page 7] Well it is nearly time for vespers now so I must stop. With lots of love I [am] as ever, Your daughter of 1914, Mary. P.S. How are the pictures coming on? P.S. Katherine Gage says that the Student Theater is small so it wouldn’t be necessary to get $2.00 seats. P.S. What about plans for Thanksgiving? I mean as to when you are coming, length of stay, portion of time spent in Boston, etc. I want to be planning to show Helen the town.


Wellesley, Massachusetts


Arts, Theater and Music;Religion and Spirituality;Student Life


Weight gain; Concerts; Theater; Hofmann, Josef, 1876-1957; Sothern, E. H. (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933; Marlowe, Julia, 1865-1950; Sembrich, Marcella, 1858-1935; Stone Hall; Pomeroy Hall

Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her parents, 1910 October 30



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