Letters of February 1946

 

Whittington.

Staffs.

Fri. Feb. 1.46.

My darling,

I was the happy receiver of two letters from you today: one of the 30 the other the 31 Jan.

I have just finished for the night, I have only to lay the fire for the morning, then I am going to the camp cinema for a couple of hours.

It's just like mother to come home and start work almost right away. I get annoyed sometimes you know and tell her she must rest more, and she does take notice of what I say you know.

I have just had to answer the phone, another blinking woman, I can never understand what they say they get so excited, and gabble on and on, then when I say 'hello' they say is that you George dear, or some such silly thing.

Well my dear, I have just come in from the cinema, it was quite a good show, all about a murder, the name of the film was “Laura”.

The time is now a few minutes to eleven, I have had a bit to eat and half a grape fruit: and now to finish your letter.

I'm pleased to hear you have received the parcel, quite a heavy one what, grandmother would be pleased to see you, and to try a bit of my toffee.

I have just crossed the first of February off the calendar, it's only eighteen days now to “D” day, the days just simply slip by, it will be the 19th before I realize it.

I have not time I don't think to revise your rules tonight, but I will, also make some of mine, you will like to know it is my hobby to break rules and regulations, I can never promise to obey any of that sort, but I will pretend to stick to them till such a time they are just idle thoughts on paper.

Well darling, I'm almost asleep ---- we have been discussing marriage again tonight, “Fred”, the laddie I went to Birmingham with last week has been telling me a few of his affairs, we often have a heart to heart chat you know. I swap yarns with him, of how we came together, and he tells me his, he too has known his wife since their school days, and he had never let her guess he cared for her really till he came home last year.

It just shows there are some really fine girls left in the old country. I know two now, anyhow.

Really my dear I shall have to get some sleep, I have just five hours if I turn in now: but then I shall lie awake thinking of you.

Don't worry about the house not being ready my dear, I shall see to that, if I have to do it myself.

Give my love to mother & all, keep smiling it won't be long now, you have all my love darling, now and for Always, Henry XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

 

Miss L.M.Cooper, S.R.N.,

County Emergency Hospital,

Bowbridge Road,

Newark,

Notts..


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photo : “You simply must come to our house-warming. We're going to have a dance”. From Crazy Cartoon

 

Notes:

Laura (1944 film)

From Wikiquote http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Laura_%281944_film%29

Laura is a 1944 film about a police detective who falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Directed by Otto Preminger. Written by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Betty Reinhardt, based on the novel by Vera Caspary.

The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!

Waldo Lydecker

* Laura had innate breeding, but she deferred to my judgment and taste. I selected a more attractive hair-dress for her. I taught her what clothes were more becoming to her. Through me, she met everyone — the famous and the infamous. Her youth and beauty, her poise and charm of manner captivated them all. She had warmth, vitality. She had authentic magnetism. Wherever we went, she stood out. Men admired her. Women envied her. She became as well-known as Waldo Lydecker's walking stick and his white carnation. On Tuesday and Friday nights, we stayed home, dining quietly, listening to my records. I read my articles to her. The way she listened was more eloquent than speech. These were the best nights.

* Perhaps our friend can weave all the loose ends into a noose, eh, McPherson?

* When you were unattainable, when he thought you were dead, that's when he wanted you most.

Shelby Carpenter

* I can afford a blemish on my character but not on my clothes.

* I don't know a lot about anything, but I know a little about practically everything.

Anne Treadwell

* He's no good, but he's what I want. I'm not a nice person, Laura, and neither is he. He knows I know he's just what he is. He also knows that I don't care. We belong together because we're both weak and can't seem to help it. That's why I know he's capable of murder. He's like me.

Dialogue

McPherson: Were you in love with Laura Hunt, Mr. Lydecker? Was she in love with you?

Lydecker: Laura considered me the wisest, the wittiest, the most interesting man she'd ever met. And I was in complete accord with her on that point. She thought me also the kindest, the gentlest, the most sympathetic man in the world.

McPherson: Did you agree with her there, too?

Lydecker: McPherson, you won't understand this; but I tried to become the kindest, the gentlest, the most sympathetic man in the world.

McPherson: Have any luck?

Lydecker: Let me put it this way. I should be sincerely sorry to see my neighbors' children devoured by wolves.

Cast

* Gene Tierney - Laura Hunt

* Dana Andrews - Det. Lt. Mark McPherson

* Clifton Webb - Waldo Lydecker

* Vincent Price - Shelby Carpenter

* Judith Anderson - Mrs. Ann Treadwell