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A letter from Mina

My Dearest Lucy,

"Please forgive the long delay since I last wrote. I have been simply overwhelmed with work. The life of an assistant school-teacher is sometimes difficult. I am longing to be with you. When we are by the sea we can talk together 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 constantly been practising shorthand. When we are married this will be be useful to Jonathan, and if I can do it well enough I can take down what he wants to say in shorthand and write it out on the typewriter. I am also practising very hard with the typewriter.