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Daddy-long-legs(Chapter9)

2006-09-08 20:53

  April 2nd April

  Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

  I am a BEAST.

  Please forget about that dreadful letter I sent you last week—— I was feeling terribly lonely and miserable and sore-throaty the night I wrote. I didn't know it, but I was just sickening for tonsillitis and grippe and lots of things mixed. I'm in the infirmary now, and have been here for six days; this is the first time they would let me sit up and have a pen and paper. The head nurse is very bossy. But I've been thinking about it all the time and I shan't get well until you forgive me.

  Here is a picture of the way I look, with a bandage tied around my head in rabbit's ears.

  Doesn't that arouse your sympathy? I am having sublingual gland swelling. And I've been studying physiology all the year without ever hearing of sublingual glands. How futile a thing is education!

  I can't write any more; I get rather shaky when I sit up too long. Please forgive me for being impertinent and ungrateful. I was badly brought up.

  Yours with love,Judy Abbott The Infirmary 4th April

  Dearest Daddy-Long-Legs,

  Yesterday evening just towards dark, when I was sitting up in bed looking out at the rain and feeling awfully bored with life in a great institution, the nurse appeared with a long white box addressed to me, and filled with the LOVELIEST pink rosebuds. And much nicer still, it contained a card with a very polite message written in a funny little uphill back hand (but one which shows a great deal of character). Thank you, Daddy, a thousand times. Your flowers make the first real, true present I ever received in my life. If you want to know what a baby I am I lay down and cried because I was so happy.

  Now that I am sure you read my letters, I'll make them much more interesting, so they'll be worth keeping in a safe with red tape around them——only please take out that dreadful one and burn it up. I'd hate to think that you ever read it over.

  Thank you for making a very sick, cross, miserable Freshman cheerful. Probably you have lots of loving family and friends, and you don't know what it feels like to be alone. But I do.

  Goodbye——I'll promise never to be horrid again, because now I know you're a real person; also I'll promise never to bother you with any more questions.

  Do you still hate girls?

  Yours for ever,Judy

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