Romance in the Air
Posted by Patrick Daugherty on January 20, 1998 at 15:12:52:
In response to A suggestion, written by Marie Bernadette on January 20, 1998 at 12:33:05
Dear Mrs. Bernadette,
Your suggestions are certainly appreciated -- in both senses of the word. Being in Charlotte, North Carolina, the spring season is not long off, and I may be able to still my heart long enough for the flowers to bloom out of doors.
I rather like the idea of dressing in period attire for my sweetheart's bemused enjoyment. She will recognize it as uncharacteristic and may be moved by my consideration for her feelings.
Of venues, I have two in mind: One would be in her garden in the city. The other would be on the grounds of her family's ancestral home in a nearby village named for them about the time of that recent unpleasantness with our dear English cousins (sometimes called the "Revolutionary War" or the "War of Independence"). The latter site is now a public facility and, for that reason, suggests some interesting possibilities.
I intend to draw upon Miss Austen's literature in composing a formal proposal, which I shall commit to memory and deliver in half-hope, half-agony, replete with sparkles of impromptu refinement. Accordingly, whether or not my proposal succeeds in its purpose, the lady shall ever after possess what might be called (at the very least) a memorable love letter.
The manifold courtesies extended to me by the ladies and gentlemen who dwell anon are themselves memorable for the pleasure they give.
Your most humble & obedient servant,
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