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Phrase from "Tannhäuser"

Phrase from “Tannhäuser”

In today’s letter, Effie described the production of Tannhäuser and the reactions of her mother and Harry’s sister Sue. She also rated the performers.

Harry was quite blunt in his first letter, saying that Effie owed him letters as a duty and that no one else should have as much claim on her time. By the afternoon, he was willing to discuss Tannhäuser, too.

“Misfortunes never come singly, and mine continued all thro’ the evening, and every thing went wrong.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-9

“The word engaged seems farcical or satirical when used of us two for you seem to be engaged but not to me.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-9a

“To be with you were heaven enough but to hear such divine music & then to have you my Darling to talk it over with would be too blissful for me to be permitted to enjoy.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-9b


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