Blogtember Day #10.
Monday, September 16: Write a public love letter to someone in your life. (It doesn’t necessarily need to be romantic.)
Ah, no. This prompt completely beats me. Sure, I have a lot of loved ones, but they already know it. I really don’t want to write a tear-jerking letter to my mom/grandma/daddy. Plus, Romance with a capital R, the grand Romance, isn’t really my thing. So no mush either. Instead, I’m going to interpret the prompt slightly differently and talk about a famous love letter.
I don’t read romances as a general rule. Especially new-age romance. I did, however, try. I recently read the extremely famous Love Story by Erich Segal. I’ve read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks before. I don’t want to sound judgemental so let’s just say I prefer other genres.
However, if there’s one particular author whom I like as far as Romance goes, it’s Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is, of course, the ultimate romance (it is more than just romance of course; it’s a beautiful satire on eighteenth century hypocrisies and drama). Although, I don’t swoon over Mr. Darcy(nor any other men in her novels) as women apparently do, his interactions with Elizabeth draw me to the book.
Pride and Prejudice is a highly entertaining novel, no doubt. Its fame, sometimes, overshadows her other books. Persuasion is one such book. It happens to be my favourite after Pride and Prejudice. Because, for once, the romance happens at a mature age (Anne is twenty-eight, an old maid by the standards of eighteenth century).
Coming back to today’s theme: Love letters. This is what Wentworth wrote to Anne.
I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in
I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.
Appreciation towards romance doesn’t come easily to me, and to be honest, the letter feels melodramatic. Perhaps that’s because I was born three centuries later. I can definitely see why it is considered to be the perfect love letter by many. This is my favourite part:
Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.
“Unjust, weak, resentful”! How honest is that! And how realistic considering their situation. He doesn’t claim to be super-human.
I’m fond of writing letters and notes to people. Even if it’s something as silly as “Please don’t lock the room, I forgot my keys.” Ask my roommate. I prefer it to be hand-written than SMSed. (Of course sometimes I have to be practical.) Also, I write letters for birthdays instead of giving Greeting cards. I’m sure people like the personal touch.
The point, you ask? The point is, love letters go a long way to maintain love and romance, and any relationship for that matter. Please note, I say “maintain” not “begin”. I’m sure romance can’t begin on merely a perfectly crafted letter. But writing little notes to each can strengthen bonds, even if it feels like a silly thing to do sometimes.
Written word will always remain powerful. And in some cases, maybe even more powerful than spoken word.
Or maybe I’m being too girlish for once… 🙂
11 thoughts on “Love Notes”
awww! this is such a nice idea! I love Pride and Prejudice … it’s awesome. so touching, and so real.
the film was also good.. 🙂
and this love letter took my breath away!!!
so great of you to share that! and yes – completely agreed! written words will stay longer than said. and lovely, tiny notes – aren’t that silly.. I love to find some of them. also love to leave some myself! 🙂
great post! thanks for sharing.. again! 🙂
I’m glad that you enjoyed reading! Blogging feels like writing letters to the masses too, doesn’t it? 🙂
Ah whereas you don’t seem keen on the genre, I am definitely a sucker for a romance novel.
However I do agree that is something special about the written word and when done well a love letter is a sure way to woo someone’s heart. Wentworth’s letter is surely an example of that.
I’m sure I would like love letters, but maybe wooing would be difficult based simply on a letter. However, sometimes perhaps it’s easier to say what you want when you’re writing not speaking. So, yeah, I guess written love then becomes more attractive. Thanks for reading!
That quote is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! 🙂
I’m not a big fan of romances either – not sure why – maybe because so many are so cliched. Maybe if there was an unlikely couple with a sense of humor thrown in, I like it. Did you see ‘Love Actually’ – it is sweet and funny. I also liked ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ esp since it doesn’t have a predictable ending. Read Erich Segal’s Love Story and Spark’s Notebook. Athough decent books, am not going to rave about them. Love Jane Austen – my God, so many similarities!:) The letter/quote you included is so interesting – maybe people did express their emotions with more fervor in the past. Makes you wonder. I love the part where he says, “You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.”
The part you said about writing notes reminded me – Both my husband and I travel on business and when we do we write these emails – how we are feeling, where we are in life, how the kids are changing, what the kids did today, etc. I always save these emails – they’re so interesting to read – even a year later, you realize you would’ve forgotten those moments/feelings if you hadn’t written them down.
Thank you for reading! It’s wonderful that you correspond with your husband the way you do. I haven’t had many people write personal emails to me, but a few people do, and it’s definitely a pleasure to go back and re-read those emails. 🙂
I agree completely with your statement about the power of the written word. Preferably written by hand. My sister and I write letters to each other, and have for years. There are few greater thrills than finding a letter, a real letter, in your mailbox. Thanks to your post I am going to have to reread Pride and Prejudice. I think, but am not sure, I remember the plot. The letter is exquisite. Never inconstant. It breaks my heart.
Oh yes! The hand-written letters have their own charm. I’ve received just five hand-written letters till date. Blame it on my Facebook-addict generation! I wish people started sending mails again. It’s great that you and your sister exchange letters. Glad that you’re going to revisit Pride and Prejudice. Persuasion can be an excellent read too! 🙂