Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 18 May [1945]

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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: 
18 May [1945]
Place: London
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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: 
00001616-7
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

is made difficult by an endless array of buildings or an endless spread of concrete and asphalt which roam from miles between private property and trespassers will be prosecuted signs. So Corfe Castle in an hour or so on the train was pleasure of a kind. One could see a sweep of land. The roll of hills.
It is too momentary. Soon it is followed by eating in herds. Packing bags. Begging rooms or lodging in London and paying fabulous sums to young women who are running service flats "for the boys". Their patriotism is a blatant excuse for an easy way to make a lot of money and live on better food than their less fortunate friends. Their charm is a cheap veneer on not a very good wood.
It is all very interesting and instructive.
There are so many, Harry, who do not want to help themselves -- unless it is to other peoples property. But this may all depress you. You are finding these things around you too. Still we must face the facts. We must observe what is.