I don't believe I can be going to Heaven--I am getting such a lot of good things here; it wouldn't be fair to get them hereafter too. Listen to what has happened.
Jerusha Abbott has won the short-story contest ( a twenty-five dollar prize ) that the Monthly holds every year. And she's a Sophomore! The contestants are mostly Seniors. When I saw my name posted, I couldn't quite believe it was true. Maybe I am going to be an author after all. I wish Mrs. Lippett hadn't given me such a silly name--it sounds like an author-ess, doesn't it?
Also I have been chosen for the spring dramatics--As You Like It out of doors. I am going to be Celia, own cousin to Rosalind.
And lastly: Julia and Sallie and I are going to New York next Friday to do some spring shopping and stay all night and go to the theater the next day with 'Master Jervie.' He invited us. Julia is going to stay at home with her family, but Sallie and I are going to stop at the Martha Washington Hotel. Did you ever hear of anything so exciting? I've never been in a hotel in my life, nor in a theater; except once when the Catholic Church had a festival and invited the orphans, but that wasn't real play and it doesn't count.
And what do you think we're going to see? Hamlet. Think of that!
We studied if for four weeks in Shakespeare class and I know it by heart.
I am so excited over all these prospects that I can scarcely sleep.
This is a very entertaining world.
Yours ever, Judy
PS. I've just looked at the calendar. It's the 28th.
I saw a street car conductor today with one brown eye and one blue. Wouldn't he make villain for a detective story?
Sophomore دانشجوی سال دوم
contestant مسابقه دهنده، ستیزه جو
dramatics هنر تئاتر، کارهای هنری و خارج از برنامه دبیرستان و دانشگاه
prospects دورنما، چشم انداز، انتظار
postscript پیوست ، ضمیمه ی کتاب
conductor راهنما، مسئول بلیط
villain لات، تبه کار
تصورش را بکنید. چهار هفته تمام این نمایشنامه را خوانده ام و کلمه به کلمه آن را از حفظ کرده ام، من آن قدر از اتفاقاتی که می افتاد به هیجان می آمدم که خوابم نمی برد.
این دنیا خیلی سرگرم کننده است