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Letter to her mother describing her dinner and trip to the movies with Lee, Stocky, and Otto, her troubles keeping her male friends from developing feelings for her, and an evening at Wellesley with Dick, Lee, Terry, and Jimmy.


[23 February, 1934] 2/24/34 [stationary heading] WELLESLEY, MASS. Friday P.M. Dearest - Sittin’ in the sun in a big comfy chair in the Music Libe [mis-spelling: Library] - with a few minutes before a lecture, strongly recommended, on Thomas Hardy. And Georgy has been properly revered and celebrated! The skiing was rather fun except that it was warm enough to make it rather sticky-like, & not too smooth as it had been. So we ended up by coming back to the Dorms to change, & having dinner at a tavern on Beacon Hill (yes ma'am, where the Cabots and the Lodges lodge) called the Governor Winthrop. An old house, with candles on the tables in twisted iron candlesticks, pewter dishes, huge fireplace etc. we had a grand dinner - Tenderloin steak - & then went to see [Page 2] “Alice in Wonderland” & “Night Flight.” Both pretty good. And “ “ rather worth seeing for some excellent bits of acting on the parts of Helen Hayes, Bob Montgomery, Clark Gable, John & Lionel Barrymore & Myrna Loy! But - honestly mother what am I going to do with these darn boys? I mean that I had counted on Stocky as just a pal who was fun to do things with, & I had my hands full last night trying to keep him from actually saying he loved me. He was very serious about it and very sweet, but I did succeed and stalling him off - very nicely I mean. He asked me to Junior Prom too, which he has charge of etc etc etc - But - - - - - - ! Heaven's it's getting beyond my poor powers to act or subtract. And a letter from Ted this morning which I haven't with me now, but which I think I can almost quote. It went something like this - Your discreetly worded note [Page 3] [deletion: came as a rather] was something of a surprise. “In perspective” ideas differ basically where, for a time, they appeared to be in such delightful [deletion: harm] accord. “Acrostic” has been an indiscretion with which I regret to have troubled you. However, it remains my opinion, tho the expression of it apparently must cease. If I am misunderstanding you, won’t you let me hear from you? - So what do you make of that? I'm writing him saying we're both misunderstanding each other miserably in letters which after all succeed in conveying many twisted impressions. Do you suppose it will come to the point of my losing his friendship too? Life is indeed a jumble of complexities, but I'm not [Page 4] worrying too much about it, I have a feeling they'll straighten out someway. It's a sort of childish answer, don't you think? Of course the note was a bit distant, but not too discouraging, did you think? Hardy is about to begin - see you later. Saturday noon Sorry I didn't get this mailed to you yesterday, but Dick who was here when I got back from the lecture, & I hustled out of ski pants into my brown dress. Made the peanut butter cookies, & they turned out pretty good at least the boys liked ‘em! Spent a very lazy evening, but a very nice one. It is nice to have a place to go to where we can absolutely relax and not think of having the radio on loud or calling from the Kitchen into the living room. Lee came in too after having met Terry for dinner, so when Terry & Jimmy got home from Law School, we all sat around talking - & I'm having dinner with Dick at the fraternity house on Sunday. Take care of your cold now darling - sorry I'm not there to make broth. My love though - lots of it ginny. [written in the left margin of page 3] Actual words - I’m home


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Personal Relationships; Student Life


Cross-country skiing; Dinners and dining; Men; Food

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 February 23