Unaddressed Letters


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“I had a friend who loved me;” but he has gone, and the “great gulf” is between us. After his death, I received a packet of manuscript with these few words:—“What I have written may appeal to you because of our friendship, and because, when you come to read them, you will seek to grasp, in these apparent confidences, an inner meaning that to the end will elude you. If you think others, not the many but the few, might find here any answer to their unuttered questionings, any fellowship of sympathy in those experiences which are the milestones of our lives, then use the letters as you will, but without my name. I shall have gone, and the knowledge of my name would make no one either wiser or happier.” The writer was, by trade, a diplomatist; by inclination, a sportsman with literary and artistic tastes; by force of circumstances he was a student of many characters, and in some sense a cynic. He was also a traveler—not a great traveler, but he knew a good deal of Europe, a little of America, much of India and the further East. He spent some time in this neighborhood, and was much interested in the country and its people. There is an Eastern atmosphere about many of the letters, and he made no secret of the fact that he was fascinated by the glamour of the lands of sunshine. He died very suddenly by misadventure, and, even to me, his packet of letters came rather as a revelation. - Summary by Frank Athelstane Swettenham (7 hr 10 min)

Chapters

PREFACE 3:47 Read by Eva Davis
THE HILL OF SOLITUDE 6:53 Read by Nemo
OF WORSHIP 9:31 Read by Eva Davis
WEST AND EAST 10:04 Read by Eva Davis
A CLEVER MONGOOSE 13:38 Read by Amy Gramour
A BLUE DAY 13:57 Read by Nemo
OF LOVE, IN FICTION 7:55 Read by Amy Gramour
THE JINGLING COIN 19:08 Read by Nemo
A STRANGE SUNSET 9:30 Read by Amy Gramour
OF LETTER-WRITING 5:48 Read by Eva Davis
AT A FUNERAL 13:07 Read by Eva Davis
OF CHANGE AND DECAY 23:02 Read by Nemo
DAUGHTERS AND DESPOTISM 14:11 Read by Eva Davis
HER FIANCÉ 11:00 Read by Eva Davis
BY THE SEA 12:20 Read by Nemo
AN ILLUMINATION 9:44 Read by Nemo
OF DEATH, IN FICTION 11:07 Read by Amy Gramour
A HAND AT ÉCARTÉ 8:17 Read by Amy Gramour
THE GENTLE ART OF VEERING WITH THE WIND 9:36 Read by Amy Gramour
A REJOINDER 10:04 Read by Nemo
OF IMPORTUNITY 11:41 Read by Eva Davis
OF COINCIDENCES 10:08 Read by Nemo
OF A COUNTRY-HOUSE CUSTOM 9:36 Read by Nemo
A MERE LIE 12:24 Read by Nemo
TIGERS AND CROCODILES 15:02 Read by Amy Gramour
A ROSE AND A MOTH 7:35 Read by Amy Gramour
A LOVE-PHILTRE 14:00 Read by Eva Davis
MOONSTRUCK 10:13 Read by Amy Gramour
THE “DEVI” 18:13 Read by Eva Davis
THE DEATH-CHAIN 12:28 Read by Amy Gramour
SCANDAL AND BANGLES 7:52 Read by Eva Davis
THE REPREHENSIBLE HABIT OF MAKING COMPARISONS 7:49 Read by Amy Gramour
A CHALLENGE 7:11 Read by Eva Davis
IN EXILE 20:44 Read by Nemo
OF LOVE—NOT IN FICTION 15:24 Read by Eva Davis
OF OBSESSION 11:26 Read by Eva Davis
OF PARADISE LOST 4:29 Read by Amy Gramour
“TO MARY, IN HEAVEN” 11:28 Read by Nemo