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Letter to her mother describing her frustration with Ralph's embarrassment that her mother offered him money to help with expenses, a new article she's writing, and her schedule for the evening.


[23 February, 1934] 1/24/34 [typed] [stationary heading] News from Wellesley College WELLESLEY COLLEGE PRESS BOARD Wellesley, Massachusetts Release Tuesday nite Darling, Well, I received your letter with its enclosure, and with your? (question mark) I add mine. At first I felt like throwing it in someone's face! After all, he did miss the point entirely, and it seems as if anyone but a moron or somebody not quite awake would have gotten your meaning perfectly. I can't believe that he was embarrassed, but perhaps he thought he'd wait until he could talk it over with you personally. And I do think that it brings out a rather pathetic side, that of his being lonely and having that homeless feeling. Somehow, his repetition of “mother”, and “we’ll be home” shows that he's clean to us as a sort of anchor, as if he's trying to desperately to belong, you know? But he just can't be subtle. Why he should bother to pick up that chaperone phrase, and then the “we will think it great fun and pleasure!” Maybe I'm spoiled from Ted’s scholarly style, but I simply feel sorry for the poor boy, and I do suppose he felt he had to get an answer off to you right away, even if you could hardly think what he was saying. My letter didn't mention yours, of course, but he did say he was sorry not to be able to write a decent letter, but that he wasn't getting any sleep to speak of, and his brain was just filled with book knowledge. I hope the idiot lives through the week! Oh, well, we won't worry about him. Just let it drift--probably he can save enough to get here, anyway. Thanks for the suggestions. They may come in handy for the next article which I may try even if this present one doesn't get taken. I simply took the first part of my satire for this one. Rain today. Much rain. Dinner with Peggy at Severance. Nothin’ exciting. Choir. Here. Ed Wynn----and bed. But still I love you very much. Oh, very much indeed, so nite for now, and I'll see you soon! [handwritten] Ginger [written in top margin] P.S. Thanks muchly greatly for the contribution - I'll stick one in the envelope just to ensure its safe deliverance!


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Personal Relationships; Home and Family; Student Life


Men; College student newspapers and periodicals; Money

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 January 24