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A letter to her mother describing an evening in Cazenove Hall with the Spanish professor that lives there, a chapel service, Flower Sunday, her 'big sister,' and the Vaudeville show; and discussing her thoughts on dating.


Sept ‘33 [24 September, 1933] [stationary heading] WELLESLEY COLLEGE WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS Sunday 3 P.M. Dearest Mums, Sunday afternoon and listening to the Overture of “Lohengrin.” Three of us are going for a walk in a little while because it's lovely out but they haven't come down yet. After a chicken broiler dinner today, we all went up in the Lounge for coffee, & one of the girls played the piano, & the Spanish teacher who lives here entertained most delightfully with shawls, fans, and stories. She really is perfectly darling - told us how a Spaniard made love what each little quirk of the jaw meant such as come back in a few minutes, I hate you, I like you, I love you, and I worship you. So much more [Page 2] subtle! She had some beautiful fans, & I succeeded in flipping one open & closed in the very best approved Spanish behavior. Guess I'll try my luck in Spain. One could be so coquettish with no trouble at all. Chapel this morning was lovely. A Dr. Van Deusan from N.Y. And he talked on the subject “God is love.” It was Flower Sunday too, including Palms and either side of the pulpit, & flowers banked around it. I wish Jimmy's father would come here sometime. I haven't heard anything about him or his church here, but it would be nice to be able to go up to him afterward & tell him you knew his genial son! Yesterday I discovered I had a [Page 3] big sister, and also a hostess for the campus suppers. So she came for me & we had dinner outside on the quad at Tower, overlooking the Lake. Afterwards my big sister took me to the Vaudeville. The Freshman put on a skit, & the Press Board, & also the dramatic club - something about average freshman going in to buy clothes. It was very clever and amusing. Then Jeanne Seitz, a transfer from Ohio came down and we talked till late. And after she went, I had just gotten into bed when Lee got home from her date - her man had come up from Penn. - And came in to tell me about it. No, she's not a [Page 4] Chalice or a Melba - I'm being careful this time. I'm glad I had that experience though, cause I'm more worried of getting in too much with anyone right away. I mean you can be very friendly with lots, & a little more so with a few others, but not spending all the time with one or two. I hear Jeanne and Fritzy coming now, so bye for awhile. I think we're going to walk by the lake. Much later Since supper the girls have been in talking & listening to some grand music & it's now 10:15 1/2. But classes start tomorrow, so I'm resting early. We did have a fine walk though, & a candlelight supper. And I must to bed, so night night and wonderful dreams. Love ya greatly, Ginny


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Arts, Theater and Music; Faculty, Staff and Administrators; Student Life; Personal Relationships; Tradition and Ritual


Vaudeville; Men; Chapels; Flower Sunday

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 September 24