Katherine Mansfield happens to be one of my favorite authors so I was very gratified to stumble across a little gem of hers (she wrote many gems, both fictional and non-fictional). In fact I’ll just copy the article straight from the website:
Thursday, 5 April 2012
I do not like scolding people
24 March, 1921
Dear Princess Bibesco,
I am afraid you must stop writing these little love letters to my husband while he and I live together. It is one of the things which is not done in our world.
You are very young. Won’t you ask your husband to explain to you the impossibility of such a situation.
Please do not make me have to write to you again. I do not like scolding people and I simply hate having to teach them manners.
Isn’t it brilliant? I cannot help but grin as I read that letter. Her withering tone just drips from it. If I were Princess Bibesco I would have been suitably miffed. Especially if I considered the fact that Mansfield herself wasn’t the most monogamous of people; she engaged in amorous affairs while she and Murry were still together. She seemed to have been one of those people who didn’t particularly appreciate her toys, but didn’t like others playing with them either.
O, Mansfield, how you make me smile with exasperation and amusement.