Brittain, Vera, Letter, 17 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: 
17 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: 
00001444-2
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

[partial transcription; text matches the audio, not the original letter]
And shall I really see you again -- and so soon? You will be here for my birthday. And it will be the anniversary of the week which contained New Year’s Eve ... and two unreal and wonderful days, and you standing alone in Trafalgar Square, and thinking of -- well, what were you thinking of? When we were really both children still, and my connection with any hospital on earth was unthought of, and your departure for the Front merely the adventurous dream of some vaguely distant future date. And life was lived, at any rate, for two days, in the Omar Khayamesque spirit of
‘Unborn to-morrow & dead yesterday.
Why fret about them if to-day be sweet?’
But we are going to better that -- even that -- this time.
Au Revoir.