Sallie is running for class president, and unless all signs fail, she is going to be elected. Such an atmosphere of intrigue you should see what politicians we are! Oh, I tell you, Daddy, when we women get our rights, you men will have to look alive in order to keep yours. Election comes next Saturday, and we're going to have torchlight procession in the evening, no matter who wins.
I am beginning chemistry, a most unusual study. I've never seen anything like it before. Molecules and Atoms are the material employed, but I'll be in a position to discuss them more definitely next month.
I am also taking argumentation and logic.
Also history of the whole world.
Also plays of William Shakespeare.
procession حرکت دسته جمعی ، ترقی
logic علم منطق، منطق، استدلال
inimical غیر دوستانه ، معاند، نامساعد، مضر
to procession دسته راه انداختن، در صفوف منظم پیش رفتن
راستی بابا، روزی که ما زنان حقوق خود را به دست آوریم، شما مردها باید خیلی مواظب وضع خودتان باشید مبادا سرتان بی کلاه بماند.
آقای انسان دوست عزیز
چک ارسالی جنابعالی که برای خانواده فقیر فرستاده بودید دیروز رسید، خیلی خیلی سپاسگزارم بابای عزیز
سر درس ورزش حاضر نشدم و بلافاصله پس از ناهار چک را برای آنها بردم
باباجان کاش شما آنجا بودید و قیافه ی دخترک را می دید . عجب خوشحال شده بود غرق تعجب شده بود. دخترک 24 سال دارد و با همه زحمتی که بر دوشش هست آن طور ها هم برای خود غم آفرین نیست. می گفت:« خوشبختی و خوشی ها یکدفعه به آدم رو می آورند. چون برای دو ماه کار خیاطی پیدا کرده ام. یک نفر می خواهد ازدواج کند و برای دو ماه کار خیاطی دارد
بابا ، وقتی مادر آن دختر چک را دید و دانست که آن تکه کاغذ یکصد دلار ارزش دارد ، فریاد زد: « خدایا هزار بار ترا شکر می کنم
من به او گفتم
- بابا لنگ دراز آن را فرستاده است. نه خداوند مهربان ( البته آنجا گفتم آقای اسمیت)
مادر دخترک گفت : اما خداوند مهربان این فکر را به دل آقای اسمیت انداخت
نه این من بودم که این فکر خوب را به آقای اسمیت گفتم
به هر حال بابا! امیدوارم خداوند مهربان به جای آن به شما خیر برساند. این حق شما هست که دست کم ده هزار سال بیرون از جهنم به سر ببرید
با سپاس بسیار
This morning I did eat my breakfast upon a cold turkey pie and a goose, and I did send for a cup of tee ( a china drink) of which I had never drank before.
Don't be nervous, Daddy--I haven't lost my mind; I'm merely quoting Sam'l Pepys. We're reading him in connection with English History, original sources. Sallie and Julia and I converse now in the language of 1660. Listen to this:
'I went to Chairing Cross to see Major Harrison hanged, drawn and quartered: he looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition.'
And this: 'Dined with my lady who is in handsome mourning for her brother who died yesterday of spotted fever.'
Seems a little early to commence entertaining, doesn't it? A friend of Pepys devised a very cunning manner whereby the king might pay his debts out of the sale to poor people of old decayed provisions. What do you, a reformer, think of that? I don't believe we're so bad today as the newspapers make out.
Samuel was as excited about his clothes as any girl; he spent five times as much on dress as his wife--that appears to have been the Golden Age of husbands. Isn't this a touching entry? You see he really was honest. 'Today came home my fine Camlett cloak with gold buttons, which cost me much money, and I pray God to make me able to pay for it.'
Excuse me for being so full of Pepys; I'm writing a special topic on him.
What do you think, Daddy? The Self-Government Association has abolished the ten o'clock rule. We can keep our lights all night if we choose, the only requirement being that we do not disturb others--we are not supposed to entertain on a large scale. The result is a beautiful commentary on human nature. Now that we may stay up as long as we choose, we no longer choose. Our heads begin to nod at nine o'clock, and by nine-thirty the pen drops form our nerveless grasp. It's nine-thirty now. Good night.
Just back from church--preacher from Georgia. We must take care, he says, not to develop our intellects at the expense of our emotional natures--but methought it was a poor, dry sermon (Pepys again) . It doesn't matter what part of the United States or Canada they come from, or what denomination they are, we always get the same sermon. Why on earth don't they go to men's colleges and urge the students not to allow their manly natures to be crushed out by too much mental application?
It's a beautiful day--frozen and icy and clear. As soon as dinner is over, Sallie and Julia and Marty Keene and Eleanor Pratt ( friends of mine, but you don't know them) and I are going to put on short skirts and walk 'cross country to Crystal Spring Farm and have a friend chicken and waffle supper, and then have Mr. Crystal Spring drive us home in his buckboard. We are supposed to be inside the campus at seven, but we are going to stretch a point tonight and make it eight.
Farewell, kind Sir.
I have the honor of subscribing myself, Your most loyal, dutiful, faithful and obedient
servant, J. Abbott