On the Eve
You should see the way this college Is studying! We’ve forgotten we ever had a vacation. Fifty-seven irregular verbs have I introduced to my brain in the past four days―I’m only hoping they’ll stay till after examinations.
Some of the girls sell their textbooks when they’re through with them, but I intend to keep mine. Then after I’ve graduated I shall have my whole education in a row n the bookcase, and when I need to use any detail, I can turn to it without the slightest hesitation. So much easier and more accurate than trying to keep it in your head.
Julia Pendleton dropped in this evening to pay a social call, and stayed a solid hour. She got started on the subject of family, and I couldn’t switch her off. She wanted to know what my mother’s maiden name was ―did you ever hear such an impertinent question to ask of a person from a founding asylum? I didn’t have the courage to say I didn’t know, so I just miserably plumped on the first name I could think of, and that was Montgomery. Then she wanted to know whether I belonged to the Massachusetts Montgomerys or the Virginia Montgomerys.
Her mother was a Rutherford. The family came over in the ark[基督教聖經中為避洪水而造的方形大船。], and were connected by marriage with Henry the Eighth. On her father’s side they date back further than Adam[亞當，基督教聖經中人類的始祖。]. On the topmost branches of her family tree there’s a superior breed of monkeys, with very fine silky hair and extra long tails.
I meant to write you a nice, cheerful, entertaining letter tonight, but I’m too sleepy―and scared. The freshman’s lot is not a happy one.
Yours, about to be examined,