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The Summer People

by John Rowe Townsend

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Dearest Ann,
I miss you so much. I was hoping that when we (The Martins,
Pillings, and Foxs) left Linley Bottom that we would forget about each other. I hope you haven't forgotten me, because I think about you all the time and I keep getting in trouble in my classes at school because I'm not paying attention. Oh Ann, I wish I could visit you, but I'm pretty sure after all the fuss me and Sylvia's parents made that we won't be going to Linley Bottom to vacation any time soon. I'm angry that my mother and father didn't think you were "suitable enough" for me. It makes me so frustrated because I should be able to choose who I want to be with, and that is YOU. Sylvia's parents were very disappointed with her when they found out that she was had been seeing the local fisherman Harold. My parents do not know that I am writting to you, but I don't care.
Enough about me and my preoccupations, how have you been doing? I hope your strong as ever! The ocean's air must help loads on your health. Is your mother doing well also? I would hope so, she is so kind. If you didn't mind, would you tell her I said hello? I never really quite knew if your mother approved of me seeing you, but I hope she would.
Please write back soon.
Thinking of you always,
Phillip Martin
p.s please don't write your name on the envelope so no one suspects anything

My dear Phillip,
It is so good to read your words in the letter you wrote me. We are very lucky that I gave you the hotel's business card, or you wouldn't have been able to write to me. I was a bit upset that you had to leave so abruptly, but I when your older sister Paula and little sister Alison found out about us, I had a gut feeling that it would have been nearly impossible to see each other any more.
I am doing a lot better, but mother still treats me as if I was still in a bed in the sanatorium, when I am out and about. My mother said she had her suspicions about us after she met you, because she said that you glowed with happiness every time you and I were together. I hope that was true Phil! It is very lonely now, but i have convinced my mother to let me go back to school. I will be a year behind, but what is the difference? I get to be with more people our age than being isolated at the Imperial Hotel. My mother is still concerned about my health conditions, but I have gone to the doctor and he said that I have never been better.
Yours truly,
Ann Tarrant

Dearest Ann,
My parents almost found the letter you wrote to me, but I grabbed from them just in time. I told them that it was just junk and I threw it in the waste basket. But as soon as they left my sight, I rummaged threw the basket to get it out. I guess we have to be a bit more careful.
My family keeps nagging about me and Sylvia, always asking where we are going and if we are happy with each other. It is ridiculous because both me and Sylvia keep telling our parents that we don't feel that way for each other, but they must be half deaf, because I feel as though they will never stop.
Well, hoping your time at school is a lot better that my time at home,
Yours always,
Phil Martin ( )
  pinkkrosie | Aug 18, 2008 |
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In the summer of 1939 a sixteen-year-old boy and girl considered the "perfect couple" by their families secretly begin seeing and falling in love with another girl and boy.

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In the summer of 1939 a sixteen-year-old boy and girl considered the "perfect couple" by their families secretly begin seeing and falling in love with another girl and boy.

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