Summary of Content: Written at 4:30 PM at the shoemakers in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Discusses book she is reading: ”There Go the Ships” by Robert Carse. Wants him to read it, as well as ”The 7th Cross.” Wants to know if he found the time to finish ”Pvt. Hargrove.” , Written at 5:00 PM at home. Got home and found a present from him of Josh White Records and The Nutcracker Suite. Will play them later when she relaxes over a cigarette. Went to play ping pong., Written at 9:25 PM. Had a nice dinner, lamb chops, broccolli and french fries and then listened to The Nutcracker Suite. Tomorrow will be 8 weeks since he went into training. , She ends with a hand drawn map of the United states with Brooklyn at one end and Salem, Oregon [although postmarks on letters indicate he is stationed in Corvallis, not Salem] at the other.
Background: Robert Carse-author of historical fiction, The Seventh Cross-German literature circa World War II authored by Anna Seghers., Josh White- American singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, and civil rights activist. , Nutcracker Suite- Twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the Nutcracker ballet., Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky-Russian composer., Pvt. Hargrove- Book by journalist Marion Hargrove about the author’s experiences in becoming a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II