Short Sad Love
The Love Letter Part 2
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She seemed relieved when she heard that George
had bought a farm near our own farm and intended
to settle down in South Africa. She became quite
animated and chattered away with him. She was
somewhat disappointed on hearing that we had
decided to wait for two years before getting
married. However, when she learned that my father
and mother were both pleased with the arrangement,
she seemed reassured.
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Still, she often appeared anxious about my
love affair and would ask questions that seemed
to me strange, almost as though she feared that
something would happen to destroy my romance.
But I was quite unprepared for her outburst
when I mentioned that George thought of paying
a lightning visit to England before we were
"He must not do it," she cried.
"Ina, you must not let him go. Promise
me you will prevent him." She was trembling
all over. I did what I could to console her,
but she looked so tired and pale that I persuaded
her to go to her room and rest, promising to
return the next day.
When I arrived, I found her sitting on the
stoep. She looked lonely and pathetic, and for
the first time I wondered why no man had ever
taken her and looked after her and loved her.
Mother had told me that Great-aunt Stephina
had been lovely as a young girl and although
no trace of that beauty remained, except perhaps
in her brown eyes, she still looked so small
and appealing that any man would have wanted
to protect her.
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She paused, as though she did not quite know
how to begin. Then she seemed to mentally give
herself a little shake.
"You must have wondered ", she said,
"Why I was so upset at the thought of young
George's going to England without you. I am
an old woman, and perhaps I have the silly fancies
of the old, but I should like to tell you my
own love story and then you can decide whether
it is wise for your man to leave you before
you are married."
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