Unaddressed Letters

( - ) and Frank Athelstane SWETTENHAM (1850 - 1946)

“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

Genre(s): Epistolary Fiction, Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 PREFACE Eva Davis
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Play 01 THE HILL OF SOLITUDE Nemo
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Play 02 OF WORSHIP Eva Davis
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Play 03 WEST AND EAST Eva Davis
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Play 04 A CLEVER MONGOOSE Amy Gramour
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Play 05 A BLUE DAY Nemo
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Play 06 OF LOVE, IN FICTION Amy Gramour
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Play 07 THE JINGLING COIN Nemo
00:19:08
Play 08 A STRANGE SUNSET Amy Gramour
00:09:30
Play 09 OF LETTER-WRITING Eva Davis
00:05:48
Play 10 AT A FUNERAL Eva Davis
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Play 11 OF CHANGE AND DECAY Nemo
00:23:02
Play 12 DAUGHTERS AND DESPOTISM Eva Davis
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Play 13 HER FIANCÉ Eva Davis
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Play 14 BY THE SEA Nemo
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Play 15 AN ILLUMINATION Nemo
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Play 16 OF DEATH, IN FICTION Amy Gramour
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Play 17 A HAND AT ÉCARTÉ Amy Gramour
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Play 18 THE GENTLE ART OF VEERING WITH THE WIND Amy Gramour
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Play 19 A REJOINDER Nemo
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Play 20 OF IMPORTUNITY Eva Davis
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Play 21 OF COINCIDENCES Nemo
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Play 22 OF A COUNTRY-HOUSE CUSTOM Nemo
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Play 23 A MERE LIE Nemo
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Play 24 TIGERS AND CROCODILES Amy Gramour
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Play 25 A ROSE AND A MOTH Amy Gramour
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Play 26 A LOVE-PHILTRE Eva Davis
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Play 27 MOONSTRUCK Amy Gramour
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Play 28 THE “DEVI” Eva Davis
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Play 29 THE DEATH-CHAIN Amy Gramour
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Play 30 SCANDAL AND BANGLES Eva Davis
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Play 31 THE REPREHENSIBLE HABIT OF MAKING COMPARISONS Amy Gramour
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Play 32 A CHALLENGE Eva Davis
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Play 33 IN EXILE Nemo
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Play 34 OF LOVE—NOT IN FICTION Eva Davis
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Play 35 OF OBSESSION Eva Davis
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Play 36 OF PARADISE LOST Amy Gramour
00:04:29
Play 37 “TO MARY, IN HEAVEN” Nemo
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