Lilian and George : Another Postcard from the Other Side

Another Postcard from the Other Side …

Norman Arch, Evesham


The card itself is of the Norman Arch at Evesham, which leads to the remnants of the Abbey.  Evesham is not without interest (apparently – I’ve never been there) ; the site of the final (unfortunate) defeat of Simon de Montfort, the birthplace of Jim Capaldi.  But the real interest is in the text (the card is unadressed and undated and must have been sent secreted inside an envelope) –

“My Darling George

Just a PC to say that I have received your letter and Glad to hear that you are in the best of health so it leaves me the same at present well dear my answer is yes I will make it up with you dear that is if you will have me and I hope dear you will soon be able to come down for a week and do you think you could come down for my birthday in too [sic] weeks time [tried?] and come dear so I should like you to come and I wish you were here for good and now I will come to a close with fondest love

Your Lilian”

This has something of the headlong, unpunctuated, affirmative rush of the ending of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from Ulysses (and from about the same date) –

“I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes. “

And I wonder what led to this being on sale on a market a hundred years or so later for a pound … “I don’t know why Dad kept all these old things …” 


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