David




Letter on thick-stock personalized card.

Julia *****

Dearest David,
I am returning the beautiful necklace you gave me - not as a gesture if finality of our friendship, but because it is a special token in your family and I could not in good conscience keep it. I hope you understand that I do and will care deeply for you and that I have every bit of confidence in the beauty of your unique David-ness. I am just selfishly at a point in my life at which I can not make the sacrifices and take the risks that are necessary to make any relationship that we would have work. We are both at such profound transition points in our lives, and our situations are too unstable to offer the foundation necessary upon which to build the tremendous life changes that we idealistically believed possible. I want to know and believe, as I think you do, that I will always be a loving and caring friend & confidante to you - I know you would reciprocate that. Thank you for remaining the David I will always adore! Your strength and beauty will perpetually preserve that.

Much love
Julia
4/5/00

Found in "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Published by Vintage, 1990.

9 comments:

Renovation Therapy said...

Oh...

unmoderated said...

I just think of David from Roseanne.

Jay said...

Such a wordy way to break the heart of a guy...

Anonymous said...

I think I've received that very letter :-(

Anonymous said...

She said the same thing to me!

Anonymous said...

I think David got off lucky.

marwai said...
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nbm said...

Rather a dramatic choice for a bookmark, don't you think? Either burn it or hoard it -- don't stick it in a book and let it go to a bookshop nine years later.

The Beading Gem said...

What a sad heartbreak post involving a piece of jewelry. Will link in a future blog post.

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