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  • Sixth of February, 1945

  • Darling, darling, darling

  • This is what I've been waiting for

  • Your freedom left me dumb and choked up

  • but now I feel released

  • Christopher, my dear, dear man it is so wonderful

  • You are coming home!

  • Golly, I shall have to be careful

  • This excitement's almost too much for my body

  • You must be careful too, darling

  • all this on top of what you've been through

  • It's difficult to keep it down

  • but you can't help the excited twinges in your midriff, can you?

  • Do keep well, angel

  • I shall have to say that to myself, as well

  • Marriage, my sweet

  • Yes, I agreewhat you wish, I wish

  • While you're afraid you will not be happy

  • We must get rid of these fears between us

  • Confidentially, I too am a little scared

  • Everything in letters appears larger than life-size

  • like my photographit didn't show the white hairs

  • beneath the dark, the decaying teeth the darkening skin

  • I think of my nasty characteristics my ordinariness

  • Yes, I too feel a little afraid

  • I can't be bothered with that now for we are going to meet

  • Does anything else matter, Chris?

  • Oh dear, dear me Plan a week somewhere

  • Oh, up comes my heart

  • A week somewhere by the sea with you

  • Where should we go?

  • Of course, I'd choose North Devonsea, country, and air

  • but March raises the question of weather

  • Might we go to a largish town?

  • I prefer villages normally, but with you I guess I'll do what you want

  • Also, I feel that you'll need looking after

  • I don't think you should walk around in the rain

  • not for a while anyway

  • I guess I don't care where

  • as long as it's the sea and you, you, you

  • Inward clangings and bouncings and I wonder how soon

  • Now, I say to myself

  • "Bessie, my girl, you're not so hot"

  • but I think that you may have a similar feeling

  • I say, how's your digestion? Mine's awful

  • I should be reduced to taking Rennies or something — a wind remover

  • My tea at this moment is stuck somewhere in the middle of my chest

  • I can't help wishing that you won't get these letters

  • that you'll be on your way that the time to wait is short

  • because my impatience is getting pretty bad

  • Being able to write like we have has been a wonderful thing

  • but it's always remained the beginning of contact for our future

  • and a beginning that must change to something else

  • Now it is changing

  • What do you think of the war news?

  • I don't like getting too optimistic but wouldn't it be wonderful

  • to come home to stay?

  • I love you Bessie

Sixth of February, 1945

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A2 UK bessie darling wonderful sea remover careful

Louise Brealey reads "My Dear Bessie"

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