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Harry defended himself against Effie’s charge of being bored with her letters and promised not to visit his friend Belle.

Effie wrote of her day. You can find out more about Vantine’s, the store she found fascinating, at http://vantines.net/.

“You do write diffusely.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-10

“I wish some fairy would turn me into a letter for a little time, & address me to you at Purdue, and then just as you tore off the envelope, let me show myself in my true form.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-10



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