A Secret Love Letter

The following letter was written by a young gentleman to his lover under the direction and eye of his father. The understanding, however, between the lovers, was, that she should read every other line, beginning with the first. Every party was satisfied:

Madam, —

The great love I have hitherto expressed for you
is false, and I find that my indifference, toward you
increases daily; the more I see of you, the more
you appear in my eyes an object of contempt. —
I feel myself every way disposed and determined to
hate you. Believe me, I never had an intention to
offer you my hand. Our last conversation has
left a tedious insipidity, which has by no means
given me the most exalted idea of your character;
your temper would make me extremely unhappy,
and if we are united, I shall experience nothing but
the hatred of my parents, added to their everlasting dis-
pleasure in living with you. I have, indeed, a heart
to bestow, but I do not wish you to imagine it is
at your service; I could not give it to any one more
inconsistent and capricious than yourself, and less
capable to do honor to my choice and to my family. —
Yes, Madam, I trust you will be persuaded that
I speak sincerely; and you will do me a favor
to avoid me. I shall excuse your taking the trouble
to answer this. Your letters are always full of
impertinence, and you have not the least shadow of
wit or good sense. Adieu! Adieu! believe me, I am
so averse to you that it is impossible for me ever to be
your affectionate friend and ardent lover.

Reference 

The Rural Repository, Vol. 25, May 26, 1849

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About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is learnfunfacts@gmail.com
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14 Responses to A Secret Love Letter

  1. ivors20 says:

    Tremendously crafty and clever

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Brilliant man!! 👍😃

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Really liked this one
    while I strangled a man to death
    to the very end!
    😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mr. Mel says:

    Love, where there is a will there is a way.👍

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Arbie says:

    Oh wow! How any father could watch his son write such an awful letter and think it was the right thing! I’m glad the lovers were so sneaky! 😉💙

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Robin says:

    Ha! Love his smarts and determination.

    Like

  7. How clever to deceive in such a manner. We must search many books to their true meaning.

    Liked by 1 person

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