Posts tagged ‘letter’

August 23, 2014

Mr. Darcy’s letter

Be not alarmed, madam, on receiving this letter, by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of those sentiments or renewal of those offers which were last night so disgusting to you. I write without any intention of paining you, or humbling myself, by dwelling on wishes which, for the happiness of both, cannot be too soon forgotten: and the effort which the formation and the perusal of this letter must occasion, should have been spared had not my character required it to be written and read. You must, therefore, pardon the freedom with which I demand your attention; your feelings, I know, will bestow it unwillingly, but I demand it of your justice.

Hanımefendi, bu mektubu alınca sakın dün gece sizi son derece sinirlendirip tiksindiren önerilerimle duygularımı yineleyeceğimi sanarak korkuya kapılmayınız! Sizi üzmeye ve kendimi alçaltmaya hiç niyetim yok! O duygu ve dilekler ne denli çabuk unutulursa ikimiz için de o kadar iyi olur. Üstelik kendimi bu mektubu yazmak, sizi de okumak sıkıntısına bile sokmak istemezdim. Ne var ki onurum ve saygınlığım söz konusu olduğu için bunların yazılması ve okunması gerekiyor. Onun için sizden bu sıkıntıyı yüklenmenizi dilediğim için cüretimi bağışlamalısınız. Duygularınızın beni bağışlamaya pek razı olmayacağını biliyorsam da bunu hakseverliğinizden bekliyorum.

This first paragraph of Mr. Darcy’s famous letter from Pride and Prejudice always gets me… Turkish translation is by Nihal Yeğinobalı, Can Yayınları.

January 13, 2013

Hawkeswell’s farewell letter to Verity

This is Hawkeswell’s farewell letter to his wife, Verity, at the of Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter. Needless for me to say, they  confess their love to one another shortly after and get their happy ending. But there is something about letters written by men that make my insides melt. This one is a prime example.

My darling,

As you can see, we found Mr. Bowman. I will write later with a fuller account of his discovery, and the larger plot as well, but for now it is enough that Katy’s son has also been resurrected.

Your cousin Bertram felt moved to admit his misuse of you and his coercion on the marriage, in writing no less, amid confessing his many other sins and naming his accomplices. With that evidence and my agreement, you will have your annulment quickly when you make the petition, I am convinced. It is only right that you should.

Your maid assures me that your favorite garments are in the baggage, as are your jewels. Your cousin and his wife will not be returning to that stone house on the hill, so it is yours again. I do not doubt that the good memories will return and the bad ones will leave once its chambers are filled with your smiles.

I do not give you back your life because I have tired of you, Verity, I do not want you to think that. Quite the opposite. I have discovered, however, that my love for you means that I want you to have the life that you believe that you were supposed to have, even if it means that I will not have the wife I have come to treasure.

Mr. Bowman seems a fine young man. I like him much more than I want to. I am sure that he will see you safely to Oldbury and, in doing so, spare me a difficult farewell.

Your servant,

Hawkeswell