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On the Eve

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

     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 daysI’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 sleepyand scared.  The freshman’s lot is not a happy one.


Yours, about to be examined,

Judy Abbott