My dear Mother,
This letter is strictly private and confidential. I want a little friendly advice. You remember my adventure at Chinley? Well Mr Bower1 sent me at the beginning of this term a snap of the Cam. which I admired at Chinley. I wrote back and thanked him for it quite “definitively” and politely. This morning I have again a very nice letter from him all about the S.C.M. and other activities in Cambridge. The point is he proposes to continue the correspondence, unless I shew by not answering his letter that I do not care to do so. What ought I to do? I think it would be great fun to get news from Cambridge – I should enjoy it immensely. But I don’t want any awkward developments. Do you think it would be possible in a strictly friendly way?
I wish I had more experience in these affairs, but I am really frightfully young and innocent in this sort of thing. I know that you had plenty of experience!
Isn’t there one of my photos still remaining? I mean the large size? This has nothing to do with the first part of the letter! Joyce has asked me for one. I would like the big one. She found the extra proof which I had of that photo, with the supercilious expression, and refuses to give it up until I give her a really nice one.
Your loving daughter,
1Mr Bower is the Cambridge undergraduate Margot met at Swanwick and travelled with to Stockport in the summer.
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