#2 Three-quarters as nice.

‘Lewis Carroll’ to May Mileham
[6 September 1885]

7 Lushington Road, Eastbourne

Dearest May,

Thank you very much indeed for the peaches. They were delicious. Eating one was almost as nice as kissing you: of course not quite: I think, if I had to give the exact measurement, I should say ‘three-quarters as nice’. We are having such a lovely time here; and the sands are beautiful. I only wish I could some day come across you, washing your pocket-handkerchief in a pool among the rocks! But I wander on the beach, and look for you, in vain: and then I say, ‘Where is May?’ And the stupid boatmen reply, “It isn’t May, sir! It’s September!’ But it doesn’t comfort me.

Always your loving



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