Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 1 August [1944]

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
1 August [1944]
Place: France
Collection/Fonds: 
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001604-6
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

We listen to the broadcast from London to hear the news and avidly read two day old papers to see what is going on a few miles away.
It is either mud or dust here. The peculiar orange clay dries and wets quickly. Wet, it becomes, on airfield roads, pools of MacLeans chocolate. Dry, the roads have a halo of yellow dust around and above. Yesterday on my motorcycle I drove about 50 miles in and among a ceaseless stream of trucks and vehicles. When I returned I had to take off my battle dress, hang it on a line and beat it as you would a carpet. The byke is the only means of transport I can get so far, but it helps. Never drove one before but now I'm becoming quite an expert. I always have the opportunity to learn things under the greatest difficulties. I believe it to be the best way to learn. If you could be here you'd realise that of all the places to learn to ride a motorcycle none could be worse. It keeps you keen. Now I am quite at home on it. If the print is ready I shall enclose a photo our photographer took of me, on it. [added:] Since learned I can't send it! Bah!
I am very very very pleased to hear you understood and felt the quick stanzas which I finished with in my last letter. Sometimes it is the only way of telling you a lot, and knowing you will "see'"and enjoy the rhythm and music (and colour) which sometimes come to me in words, I desire to share and communicate them with you. (my feelings)