12. September 1938


O., on Sep­tem­ber 12, 1938

Dear Mr. [Nord­hoff]!

I wan­ted to wri­te you yes­ter­day, but my girlfriend’s visit kept me from it. I was a litt­le annoy­ed by it, espe­ci­al­ly sin­ce my par­ents were visi­t­ing grand­mo­ther yes­ter­day — I would have been plea­s­ant­ly alo­ne and undis­tur­bed. Some­ti­mes I am envious of your soli­tu­de. I had to think of you a lot yes­ter­day, in the morning — in the after­noon. We also went for a walk, but not out in the coun­try­si­de. Lui­se was more inte­rested in the new fall fashions in the city. A won­der­ful film was play­ing, and we wat­ched it. ‘Mag­da’ star­ring Zarah Lean­der, an actress with a very uni­que voice; if you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty, you must see this film. They ope­ned the new are­na at the Jahn House, I didn’t go.

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05. September 1938


L., on Sep­tem­ber 5, 1938

Dear Ms. [Lau­be]!

The echo of last Sunday long reso­na­ted with me, and the­re was no dis­cord in the sound. Your ques­ti­on at the end of the let­ter said to me that you too were satis­fied. Alrea­dy when I was on the train, I was vexed by my own inept ans­wer: “Yes inde­ed, it was very nice.” You should not have asked. I will not per­mit you to belie­ve that a small annoyan­ce could so easi­ly put me in a bad mood. I was not chag­ri­ned at all that you paid our train sup­ple­ment. You know my atti­tu­de: you are sacri­fi­cing to tra­vel the far­t­her distan­ce; I earn in one day what you earn in two; a young woman must cal­cu­la­te dif­fer­ent­ly than a young man. I awai­ted your let­ter. If it had not come on Fri­day, I would have begun to won­der.

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