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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
Westervelt, Virginia Veeder and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1933 September 24" (1933). Virginia Veeder Westervelt letters (6C/1935). 43.