LETTER FROM MISS MINA MURRAY TO MISS LUCY WESTENRA
My dearest Lucy,
Forgive my long delay in writing, but I have been simply overwhelmed with work. The
life of an assistant schoolmistress is sometimes trying. I am longing to be with you, and
by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air. I have
been working very hard lately, because I want to keep up with Jonathan's studies, and I
have been practicing shorthand very assiduously. When we are married I shall be able
to be useful to Jonathan, and if I can stenograph well enough I can take down what he
wants to say in this way and write it out for him on the typewriter, at which also I am
practicing very hard. He and I sometimes write letters in shorthand, and he is keeping a
stenographic journal of his travels abroad. When I am with you I shall keep a diary in the
same way. I don't mean one of those two-pages-to-the-week-with-Sunday-squeezed-
ina-corner diaries, but a sort of journal which I can write in whenever I feel inclined. I do
not suppose there will be much of interest to other people, but it is not intended for
them. I may show it to Jonathan some day if there is in it anything worth sharing, but it is
really an exercise book. I shall try to do what I see lady journalists do, interviewing and
writing descriptions and trying to remember conversations. I am told that, with a little
practice, one can remember all that goes on or that one hears said during a day.
However, we shall see. I will tell you of my little plans when we meet. I have just had a
few hurried lines from Jonathan from Transylvania. He is well, and will be returning in
about a week. I am longing to hear all his news. It must be nice to see strange
countries. I wonder if we, I mean Jonathan and I, shall ever see them together. There is
the ten o'clock bell ringing. Goodbye.
Tell me all the news when you write. You have not told me anything for a long time. I
hear rumours, and especially of a tall, handsome, curly-haired man.???
LETTER, LUCY WESTENRA TO MINA MURRAY
17, Chatham Street
My dearest Mina,
I must say you tax me very unfairly with being a bad correspondent. I wrote you twice
since we parted, and your last letter was only your second. Besides, I have nothing to
tell you. There is really nothing to interest you.