By the way, Nancy, Annette was also a New England lady.
As I remember, Annette had a good job and received promotions, etc. She owned a nice home. Emily waited all of those years, instead of pursuing her happiness with a man who wanted to be with her.  I imagine that Emily used to cry at Christmas and Thanksgiving and on her birthday, etc., just as Annette used to do.
In a message dated 6/14/2007 7:40:01 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
Emily Hale was a very accomplished, intelligent woman who was also a New
England lady in 1911 when she and TSE met--well before the married Viv.
When they started writing and seeing each other, Viv had been put in an
institution.  Hale did not just meet a married man and "see" him.  There
is no analogy at all.  She was not remotely silly or naive.


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