Brittain, Vera, Letter, 15 December 1915

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Description: 
Letter to Roland Leighton

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Case Study: 
Violets from the Trenches: Selections from the Letters of Roland Leighton and Vera Brittain
Creator: 
Brittain, Vera
Source: 
letter
Date: 
15 December 1915
Place: London
Collection/Fonds: 
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Vera Brittain estate; McMaster University has a non-exclusive licence to publish this document.

Identifier: 
00001443-8
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

[partial transcription; text matches the audio, not the original letter]
beside you & behind you & beneath your feet -- the Dead who perhaps were struggling bravely in spite of cold & suffering, to create a gay spirit for Christmas time -- this time last year..... Yes, to wish you a happy Christmas would certainly be absurd. But I suppose the British soldier, who can go with songs to his death (or with even better than songs, like the Genius who called out ‘Early doors, sixpence!’ in the attack on Loos) can conjure up a spirit of gaiety at Christmas time...
Well then, a Merry Christmas! Perhaps soon after you get this you will be here again to answer it in person, in a better way than with pen & ink. And perhaps -- not. But somehow I feel the end is not destined to be here and now. We have not fulfilled ourselves -- and ‘Someday we shall live our roseate poem through’ .....
Au Revoir, dearest.