Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface: Love and Misunderstanding

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pp. ix-xvi

It is a difficult task to reconcile the parents I knew so well as I was growing up to the young man and woman who wrote these delicate negotiations of lovers. To all outward appearances, they are not the same people. My mother was twenty-six when the correspondence began and my father, thirty-eight. Much older now than they were then, I look...

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Introduction: Before Crossing the Divide

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pp. 1-28

When Morris Davis, my father, died in 1981, at the age of eighty-two, he had been ill with cancer for ten years. My mother, Eva, had died nine years earlier, at the age of sixty-two, in a traffic accident. Both were profoundly deaf. The last time I saw my father alive, he was barely conscious. I shook him...

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"I Shall Not Rush into Things..." August 25, 1936 to November 3, 1937

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pp. 29-96

83 Chatham St. Liverpool? 25/8/36 Dear Morris, 31 It was indeed a surprise for me to receive your card & I shall say a pleasant surprise too. I am sorry that I have not got a photo of myself at the present moment, but as soon as I have one I will send it to you. Last Sunday I went to Hailbi Island...

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"Wondering... If Your Love Had Ever Been Deep" November 11, 1937 to April 22, 1938

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pp. 97-122

83 Chatham St. Liverpool 7 11/11/37 Dear Morris, 99 I suppose you have already received my previous letter & the cablegram. I received your letter. There are some things I cannot understand about you. How in the world could you expect me to be prepared to marry you...

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"Dear Eva of My Own" May 3, 1938 to August 25, 1938

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pp. 123-162

83 Chatham St. Liverpool 7 3/5/37[38] Dear Morris, 125 I was very pleased to receive your welcome letter this morning. It made me very happy now that I know that everything is alright & I agree with you that we should forget the past & misunderstanding & not write anymore...

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Epilogue: The Ever After

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pp. 163-175

The letters end with Eva, full of excitement and a bit of fear about the wedding, setting sail on the SS Scythia. After all the obstacles and setbacks, she must have felt certain of the course she was charting. She had overcome her doubts about Morris, her uncertainties about leaving her...