A letter from Emma

Dearest Dia,
I am so happy to hear that yours and Arlet’s marriage has gone off smoothly.
Thus, begins your life as a wife.
You think it is all easy and smooth sailing, I assure you it is far from it.
Charlie is always having me do things for him. Not that I mind doing so, but take this as a fair warning. Being a wife, it is an extra thing added to your list. Extra things you must do.
Of course you know I only tease, I do love to tease you so.
Truly, I do hope you and he have a happy marriage.
Are you as plump as a pumpkin yet? I cannot wait to see you.
Oh do me a favor and warn Arlet for me won’t you?
Once you become pregnant, even with your quiet temperament, you are bound to be rather unmanageable.
Charlie always did say, even in gest that I was that way.
Warn him, every man deserves due warning, or that is what all the men in our family say, even Father.
Tell him, that you will not be yourself, your hormones will rage, and that at the end of the day, you may throw his own book at him.
he ought to know, that a baby does come at a price.
Oh also, Eleanor’s finally met someone. Although, she is a bit young to be married, it is a good thing.
Mother only needs to marry off one more daughter to complete her duties.
She didn’t do badly, considering mine Eliza’s and your marriages.
provided you are happy, which I trust you are, from your last letter.
I remember meeting Arlet, before you two were married, I teased him mercilessly of course, after all it is the only proper way to break a man in to our family.
He seemed so timid and shy, I remember thinking, you two would make a rather timid couple together.
What with your temperament, and his.
Oh also, Mother and Father sent you some gold to help you along with your home expansion.
I do hope it reached you all right.
You will have to invite me over when the work is all done.
Eliza, is doing well, her and Edward’s business is thriving as usual.
You know Eliza was always a fine hand at drawing, there is no way they would not succeed, especially with Edward’s mind for business.
Father and David, are… Father and David.
They fight like cats and dogs from time to time, but it is bound to happen, considering they do work together all day every day.
Father, is thinking of retiring though.
You and I both know, he is getting up there in years.
As of yet though, it is only thought, he loves his work so, and he remains as healthy as ever.
He says, as long as his eyesight doesn’t go, that he may practice for several years more.
Mother, is mother.
You know she no longer works as lady in waiting, especially after the move.
She hates the cold, but then so do we all.
She spends time with Grandmother, and works about the house.
Grandmother, grows more frail by the day, but we all knew the time would come.
She still bakes though, she still looks after the babies though, but no one knows how long she has.
I think she is only holding on by the grace of David’s concoctions, and Father always looking in on her.
She is happy though, and with the elder’s elixir, she is not often in pain.
She’s asked after you. She is so very happy to see you’ve married.
She says, she wants to live to see you with child, and Eleanor happily married.
You know Grandmother, she is stubborn, if she says she’ll hang on… she probably will.
At any rate, I will end this letter.
Do write me soon won’t you?
With love, Emma

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