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How to Write a Love Letter

how to write a love letter

How to Write a Love Letter

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce mysoul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight yearsand a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I haveloved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alonehave brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to haveunderstood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.
Persuasion

Composing a love letter can seem intimidating or even ridiculous at first. Putting your innermost, personal feelings into words can be a challenge in itself, but the fears of rejection, confusion, and embarrassment of conveying these feelings prevent many passions from being expressed and many desires from being achieved.

To begin writing a love letter, the most important step is to clear your mind of any inhibitions you might have. Remember, love letters can touch the heart of anyone–a tough teenager, or even a husband of twenty- five years–when written truthfully and tastefully. Your love letter may even be treasured and kept for years to come. So, clear your mind of clutter–if necessary clear your desk as well–and focus on your letter.

While not as important as the content, the presentation of your letter should be considered first. Select stationery appropriate to your personality and the emotion of the letter– this could be perfumed paper covered in flowers, or it might be something as simple as notebook paper or even a napkin.Let the stationery reflect you and your moment. Be sure to hand-write your letter, unless of course your handwriting is completely illegible. Your handwriting is more personal and more meaningful than any font you could choose. A fountain pen, preferably with dark ink, is more pleasing to the eye than ballpoint pen. Finishing your letter or envelope with a seal adds a nice touch, as does a special postage stamp.

Before you begin to write, determine the letter’s purpose. Are you writing to tell your lover how much you miss him or her? Are you beginning contact with someone you hardly know? Each letter will require a different note. Take into consideration how long and how well you know the person to whom you are writing. Be careful not to go overboard with someone you hardly know–start off slow and easy.

Be sure to date your letter. The date will invite memories and emotion even years later, as your loved one looks back. Select a salutation appropriate for the depth of your relationship. “Dear Fitzwilliam” is fine, but be creative. Feel free to use nicknames and term of endearment.

The body of your letter should come from the heart. It does not have to be perfect, nor does it have to look professional. You are the author of this letter. For this reason, be sincere, be honest, and be yourself. Avoid using complicated words when a simple one will do. You want your lover to be thinking of you, not a dictionary.

Don’t be afraid to be funny. Humor has its place in love and it can be used to break the ice if you are initiating communication with someone you hardly know. If you feel inclined, poke fun at yourself and your helpless state of infatuation. Mention inside jokes, place and events that only the two of you know. This will give your letter a personal feel and remind your lover of the intimate nature of your correspondence.

Stick to a loving and romantic voice. This is not the time for nagging or jealousy. A love letter is meant to evoke the deepest, most passionate of emotions. Keep your focus and remember your purpose for writing and you will achieve the desired effect.

Just writing a love letter produces a calming and romantic mood. Writing a love letter is an excellent way to collect your thoughts and put a relationship into perspective. Just think how surprised your lover will be when he or she receives your letter. Try placing the envelope in a secret place: on the pillow, in his briefcase, on her bathroom mirror. Receiving a true love letter is an unforgettable moment.

With the right touch, your love letter will be a personal and beautiful expression of your love. It will be a unique work of art to be experienced and cherished–and an expression only you can give.

Searching for the right stationery on which to write your note? Try these:

  Jane Austen Novels Greetings Cards


Excerpted from The Art of the Love Letter by Thomas Campbell (mini-kit edition) Running Press,U.S.; 2001 (978-0762413119).

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Instructions for Whist

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Instructions for Whist

Card games were a popular way of whiling away an evening at home or with friends. The game of whist is one that was common during Jane Austen’s era. We hope these instructions for whist prove helpful.

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“Whist and speculation; which will amuse me most?”
Mansfield Park

 

Deck: 52 card deck
Players: 4 players, as partners (2 and 2)
Object: To take tricks and score the most points
Preliminaries:All 52 cards are dealt facedown except for the final card, which is turned up to establish the trump suit.

Whist was one of the first card games to use the trump-suit concept. It developed in the 18th century from the French game of triomphe, which began in the 16th century. This game was replaced at the end of the 19th century by bridge and is very similar to hearts.

When playing, the dealer adds that card to his hand when it is his turn to play. The player to his left starts play by leading a card and the other players follow suit, if possible.

The trick is won by the highest card of the suit or by a trump card played form a hand with no cards in the suit that was led. The winner of each trick leads next. Six tricks are called a book and each additional trick counts as one point. The first partnership to score seven points wins.

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Charades and Bullet Pudding

“Different amusements every evening!
We had Bullet Pudding, then Snap-Dragon, &
. . . we danced or played at cards.”
Fanny Austen Knight~1806

English playing cards from about 1750
Everyone knows that the Austens were a great family for games- whether charades, family theatricals or a quiet game of cards. These activities often occur in Jane Austen’s novels not only as natural ways to spend time, but frequently furthering the plot or adding an unexpected twist. Emma (charades and alphabet blocks)and Mansfield Park (a very telling game of Speculation) have major revelations through simple games, while all of the books feature some kind of card play, either to while away an evening in dull company or as a time waster until a ball is over. One tends to believe Jane Austen found playing cards tiresome as it is always portrayed as a game for either very silly or boring people. Could she be speaking for herself when Anne Elliot says, “I am no card-player”? Continue reading Charades and Bullet Pudding