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Mark Twain’s Persuasive Letter Announcing His Engagement

383715417_ab47973f16_oI am not worrying about whether you will love my future wife or not—if you know her twenty-four hours & then don’t love her, you will accomplish what nobody else has ever succeeded in doing since she was born.

Mark Twain was happily married to Olivia Langdon for 34 years. In 1869 he seemed to anticipate his family’s disapproval of the marriage and tried to win them over with a love-filled and humble letter that was last seen at Christie’s New York, June 9, 1992, lot 35, when it sold for $9,500.

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Read more, including the full transcript at Open Culture and BookTryst

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Led Astray by Unfortunate Lessons on Dating: A Cautionary Tale

This is the month for romance novels. Granted, they have come a long way since Jane Austin’s time, often with much stronger heroines and modern plot lines but one might be wise to consider the following advice.

Claire Fallon was a victim of romance novels. Much wiser now, she has shared the lessons learned in Everything I Knew About Dating I Learned From 19th Century Novels. Huge Mistake.

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An excerpt:

BigPinkHeartDate a guy who thinks you’re just attractive enough to tolerate. (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen)

He’s willing to hook up with you, so does it really matter that he once told your friend he thought he could snag a hotter girlfriend than you? Maybe he makes fun of your love handles, then gently suggests getting a gym membership. Don’t give up! Tell yourself you can win him over with your vivacious personality. One day he’ll find you beautiful. After all, Mr. Darcy went from finding Elizabeth Bennett “tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me” to proclaiming her “one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance” after a couple hundred pages of banter and general hilarity. Lesson: He might be settling for you now, but keep trying and someday he’ll really appreciate you. Really.”

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Booklovers Vintage Valentine Inspiration

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Sweet Valentine Bookmark

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From 爱的就是你-小玩…

Via Twyla Lesko on Pinterest

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Library Card Valentines

Free download from Erika Lee Sears (Click)

Free download from Erika Lee Sears (Click)

Personalised Library Valentine Card by Sarah Hurley Designs $4.75 on Etsy (click)

Personalised Library Valentine Card
by Sarah Hurley Designs $4.75 on Etsy (click)

Valentine Card // Checking You Out Library Card // Funny Valentine by MeowKapowShop $7.90 on Etsy (click)

Valentine Card // Checking You Out Library Card // Funny Valentine by MeowKapowShop $7.90 on Etsy (click)

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Happy? Valentine’s Day

Who knew those folks back then could be so nasty?

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More ‘Vinegar Valentines’ at 22Words

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A Whole Lotta Library Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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