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Female Ingenuity

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM
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I read this once in class,

Secret Correspondence- A young Lady, newly married, being obliged to show her husband, all the letters she wrote, sent the following to an intimate friend

I cannot be satisfied, my dearest friend!
blest as I am in the matrimonial state,
unless I pour into your friendly bosom,
which has ever been in unison with mine,
the various sensations which swell
with the liveliest emotion of pleasure,
my almost bursting heart. I tell you my dear
husband is the most amiable of men,
I have now been married seven weeks, and 
never have found the least reason to
repent the day that joined us. My husband is 
both in person and manners far from resembling 
ugly, cross, old, disagreeable, and jealous 
monsters, who think by confining to secure
a wife, it is his maxim to treat as a
bosom friend and confidant, and not as a
plaything, or menial slave, the woman
chosen to be his companion. Neither party 
he says, should always obey implicitly; 
but each yield to the other by turns.

An ancient maiden aunt, near seventy,
a cheerful, venerable, and pleasant old lady,
lives in the house with us; she is the de-
light of both young and old; she is ci-
vil to all the neighborhood round, 
generous and charitable to the poor. 
I am convinced my husband loves nothing more
than he does me; he flatters me more 
than a glass; and his intoxication
(for so I must call the excess of his love)
often makes me blush for the unworthiness
of its object, and wish I could be more deserving 
of the man whose name I bear. To 
say all in one word, my dear, and to
crown the whole--my former gallant lover 
is now my indulgent husband; my husband 
is returned, and I might have had 
a prince without the felicity I find in
him. Adieu! may you be blest as I am un-
able to wish that I could be more

*Re-read the letter, only reading every other line starting with the first line. The letter takes on an entirely new meaning. Here is the link that has more interesting stuff about this.



by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM
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MANILOVE
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 11:56 PM
At first she was waving how great he is, then turn to how horrible he is.
Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 7:42 AM
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it makes you sort of think read between the lines. I have seen letters like tht before  written in a way were only the person wiriting and receiving know whats really being said

0Kit0
by Gold Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Well yeah, if he's reading it, she has to write carefully. I like that there was actually a completely different meaning than what was meant for his eyes. Not sure if this is true or not.

Quoting MANILOVE: At first she was waving how great he is, then turn to how horrible he is.


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