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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In today’s letter, Effie teased Harry about comparing their love to a frog in hot water and for saying that he was a completely new person now. She also counselled him about how to handle his family’s perceived unhappiness with him.

Harry wrote today about his ideal of the perfect marriage but spent more time trying to explain his research on the molluscan gill. His hope is that Effie will be able to help him with his research in the future. More about the Professor Lankester he refers to can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Lankester.

“You say you are a ‘different Harry Osborn entirely,’ and how am I to know what to do, if this is so?” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-12

“…a happy marriage is a perfect duet.” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-12


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