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Letter to her mother describing pledge dinner with T.Z.E., the new pin and requirements she got from T.Z.E., and letters from Ralph and Ted. Includes a bill of dues for T.Z.E. Date later added to the head of the letter appears to be incorrect.
[1 November, 1934] ‘34? Thursday AM Dearest - Only a minute before class begins - but one might quite well make use of one’s spare minutes, eh? And I forgot my shorthand book this morning! But the dinner last night was so much fun. It was formal - and at the Inn. And all thru dinner, the pledges were called on to entertain, extemporaneously. Dinner itself was a treat - lamp [mis-spelling: lamb] chops (oh, mushroom soup) strip of bacon, green beans, sausage, french fried potatoes, rolls, chocolate sundaes & cake, & coffee. Some of the [Page 2] stunts were funny, “perk like coffee, scramble like an egg & come down to breakfast.” etc. Others were to describe a date with the Ec. Prof. - mine, the last, was to be Miss DeBanke directing the Verse Speaking Choir - so I buzzed like a bee & got her inflection I think - & what’s more - I got applause! They gave us flowers afterwards (from the table decorations) and were simply grand to us - so glad we were there & in, etc. It’s belonging - actually. The most exhilerating [mis-spelling: exhilarating] feeling. We’re to have initiation Saturday Night - wear all white, even [Page 3] to underwear - wash hair 24 hours before, take bath same time limit - & be very pure. Then there’s Sunday morning breakfast at 9 A.M., & a meeting Wednesday. Our pledge pins are replicas of a bear - & the story was told very touchingly last night about about one the “Tizzyites” befriended, made into a rug for the fireplace, who got moths in him till they had to perpetuate his memory on the pledge pins. I don't know when we get our regular ones, but I think they’re very good looking. Oh yes, we have to learn the family tree & a poem of Shelley’s - & heaven knows what for initiation. But that you shall know later. (as you may have gathered - this been added to at various moments during classes, & I’m now at home - about to start on an education paper.. One letter from Ralph - leaden and, well - not. An appreciation from Ted of my birthday card and my “catchy little poem - but it cleverly Keeps me in the dark so that I have no idea what [Page 4] you’re doing except imagining logically that you are having a busy & interesting time taking yours truly pretty much for granted, while he awaits your word with impatience.” However he hadn’t received my letter yet - which I think will change his viewpoint - & I haven’t heard from him since that - of course he only got it Tuesday! I do hope [deletion: can] he can come up some weekend. It may perfectly well be that letters aren’t very much of an example of personality - [Page 5] And that while enjoying his letters - it may only be that - expression better on that basis - but at least we can see. My last letter to Ralph was a bit significant I think - I made it quite friendly, told him about the weekend, with a certain affectionate note all thru it, but a bit detached. He may not say thru subtle meanings, because on the surface it was quite the same - but - if I can’t be exactly honest with him as yet, as to how I [Page 6] feel or think I’m going to feel (which heavens knows is a bit complicated) I can at least not be dishonest & say things or even imply those which I don’t truly mean. Don’t worry though - I shan’t do any severing of connections - that would be futile too. I’ll just let things work out - but I’ve got to be sincere about it all the time, as we agreed. I have an idea you’ll be interested in the results of Ted’s visit, if & when it occurs. The results may not be positive - but at least there are bound to be results of Some Kind. Just happened to think - I’ll save this for your Saturday letter, since it’s grown to such proportions. So - for now - My best Ginger (distinctive, eh what?) [Page 7] I’m taking the Herald money for this - and other at your leisure.
Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York
Student Life; Personal Relationships
Tau Zeta Epsilon; Money; Men; Initiations (into trades, societies, etc.)
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 October 18" (1934). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 174.