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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry and Effie both wrote of earning money in today’s letters: he by writing articles for periodicals and she by teaching as many piano lessons as possible.

Effie also covered old ground of why she can’t write more frequently, promising to do better once their engagement is public. She told him about her frustrating day and apologized for not understanding the importance of studying a snail’s gill.

Harry, of course, wrote about the letter writing situation but also described Miss Weed and Miss Elder, who shared his table at board, in more detail. He asked again to hear the compliment Mr. Hyde had paid her, explaining that she should feel free to tell him everything.

“I begin to understand why an engagement seems to change people.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-19

“This thing is getting to be a sort of idolatry.” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-19


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