Your letter seems to me to indicate that while you want my opinion, you also don’t want me to entertain notions of judging said person. Which gives me cause to wonder: are we talking about a real person here? Nonetheless, you’ll have my response.
First of all, ‘love’ is a powerful thing though I don’t quite believe it. I don’t have any cause to; but of passion, yes. Second, you put me at odds when you wrote—and here I quote, “What if one falls in love? What if that one were you?” I need not say that I was amused, and still am. I simply cannot imagine myself falling in love. And lastly, if I were to have a friend who has had the same sort of history… well, what of it? “supposedly” it’s something I know nothing about, yet at the same time it’s something I need to consider. Given this, I should say I cannot judge the man merely by his past. If I were to consider a man’s past first before I offer him my friendship, then I can never make friends. It also goes by saying if I were to learn of such a man’s history, I will thank myself for being wary, but it will not mean an end to our friendship.
Of Shirley, I should say everybody loves, and if not, respect her save for lesser men. But I’d like to own that I only read, I don’t contemplate relating to characters—even those of high import. That which you mentioned, a much graver case—it would give you a lighter heart and mind if you cease to nurse it.
Alas! It’s my turn to wonder dear, pray tell me your thoughts regarding that question of yours. Business is, as usual, exciting… I’d say unpredictable. I’ll remain positive anyhow.
I have always noticed this, in your letters, and I will say it now: you seem to have a very restless spirit, as I myself do. Perhaps, you would consider going with me to – – – -. it’s a very exciting place that I bet you’d find very interesting should you decide to come. I assure you it’ll give your spirit rest. Kidding aside, it amuses me that you seem to like debating within yourself. Truth is, it gives me pleasure when you ask for my opinion. I urge you to keep doing so as it gives me chance to reflect on things I don’t normally consider.