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Letter to her mother describing Lunk, Lee's friend from home, a day in Boston with Lee, Don, and Lunk, her thoughts on Lee and Don's relationship, and a letter from Ted.


[29 October, 1934] Oct ? 1934 [stationary heading] News from Wellesley College WELLESLEY COLLEGE PRESS BOARD Wellesley, Massachusetts Release And a good morning to you Mrs. Veeder darling - Tis a Monday morning, sure ‘nough [mis-spelling: enough] - Here we are to do our stuff - Got to bed early last night, so in the few minutes before class - howdy. Report on Saturday night? Well, although he didn’t shame apollo, he was awfully nice - and very much interesting - He was 6 ft 4, black hair, grand brown eyes & a smile. We got along beautifully. He’s a bit of an egoist - but that was fun. Went in to dinner with Lee at Don’s. Then we drove over to Cambridge for Lunk - & on to “The Count of Monte Christo” - with which I agree in every particular to your enthusiastic approval. Didn’t you love his voice? [Page 2] Also saw “Girl of the Limberlost” - which was so stagey and so superficially acting that we were inclined to worry our neighbors - the young man in it had come to the country to recover from overwork at Law School. So Don & Lunk enjoyed that! Then we went to Don’s house for cocoa and crackers, fussing around the kitchen with aprons & then eating in state - & home at 12.50. Lunk’s friend was coming out to Wellesley Sunday - so Lunk decided if there were someone here that he might come to see, he’d come too. The upshot being that he did come out & we went dining - out Concord way - Stopped at a little tea house and stayed for over 2 hours just talking! Or it was what Lunk called really living! He had been abroad - we got much of that - their getting arrested for speeding in Germany - The Courts - Wagner’s 13 operas, theories of life, love & art - very much an idealist, but not having found anything to live for actually in life yet. No - I don’t think he could ever be a heart menace but he’s interesting to talk to. Lee & Don are not officially announced - not till Senior Prom - I like Don - hope it will work out. Yes, of course it’s very rushed, [Page 3] But Lee seems quite sure, & she’s had enough previous experience to measure him up against. I’m only wondering if it really will last. She was lonely last year - wanted terribly to be in love - and I’m wondering a bit if it isn’t mostly the result of that, added to Don’s exuberant affection for her! However, for the present at least, it’s doing them both good. They’re both much happier, and I think they’re pretty well adaptable to each other. So I’m glad. However, don’t send any congratulatory notes, as it’s still partially secret. I shall tell her your felicitations, eh? A letter from Ted Saturday - one of those which sets the air ringing - reminiscent of the 27th - “a kind of anniversary to me” (the night of the Halloween party) and a snatch of poetry - A Pale New England Moon Shone thru the mist Of late October’s frosty night [Page 4] He thinks he can come in December. We’re having a house dance too, [deletion: that night] [deletion: illegible] Saturday P.M. besides the play & dance that night - & the Nativity Play, an annual event, Sunday. He “wonders how much you may have changed - wither words, brighten eyes, new ideas. I’ll be a Keen observer - and I get infinite pleasure out of that.” I’m wondering a little - will I enjoy being Keenly observed? I may be uncomfortable - if so - it will be a good time to find that out! I must away though - My play is finished but not polished - papers and quizzes this week - reports on Plato etc. to prepare. Crew races Thursday - but - loving you steadily, Ginger


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Arts, Theater and Music; Personal Relationships


Theater; Men

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 October 29