Some unusual aspects of this one:
- It's typewritten in red instead of the usual black.
- The date that Ethel wrote on the front page is “5/4/66,” but it seems much more likely that it was written on June 4 rather than May 4.
- Marcy finished and signed a one-page letter, then wrote another page and signed that as well. (So don’t stop reading after the first signature below.)
- It’s the last letter before she graduated from Antioch. (She graduated on June 18, 1966.)
- It’s the last letter before a year-plus break in the letters (during which period there were huge changes in her life); the next one is from July 1967.
Saturday [pencil: 5/4/66] H'ro Lickety-split, trippety-plit, off to do last paper of college career, field comprehensives x project on Creativity, ho ho. have been reading and thinking madly all quarter, now have less than a week to write it all and get it typed and handed in--midnight Friday, to be exact. plus two little papers and xxx three books to read and 90 billion little details to cover.... Have reservations for you at the Drake motel in x Springfield for Friday and Saturday June 17 and 18, at $10.30/night, which is reasonable considering local rates and crowdednesses;;also Susie has reservations for her parents at a motel in Xenia, but they may not come, and I may switch to those if they indeed x decide not to. She has decided not to graduate, xx this year, as she was unable to finish her thesis (histoyr) and will do so this summer, graduating in absentia next x june, for a fee of $50 for the college to carry her as a student on leave for the year. Pretty popular move among history seniors--about 10 of 20 of them are doing this, as history theses are notoriously terrible and boring, especially for the people writing them. They all pick obscurre little topics--Susy is doing one on Richard Haliburton, Rhodes' is on the coronation of Charlemagne; he might not make it either--and then get disgusted with how irrelevant they are. You might make reservations for the xxxxxx luncheon after graduation; I don't care about the dinner. That's up to you; will you be here by then? Don't know if you have to pay for me or not, but I suppose you do; you could ask when you reply. We invite you to dinner on Saturday, here, along with Rhodes' mother and a friend from Tucson.....ah, so. Suzy says yes I have to be paid for at whatever meals. Zhhhh.....Annie's sister and her two kids just showed up to borrow our phone--they (her sister and husband) both went to Antioch and are xx living here now-; he is an actor, and a pretty damn good one, and the area theater needs him most desparately....just convinced them to send their kids to Antioch school next year (nursery school and kindergarten) so I feel like I've done some good in the world. Never got the letter from Carole Picardo you forwarded; I should write to her anyway but xxxxxxxx am extending a moratorium on letters till all work is done. Did get the package with stuff, but no plimasin as yet. rush a little; I'm beginning to eat them like candy xxxxxxx again. HAVE X TO STOP STOP STOP fooling ariound right now this minute and get to work. nuff. nonsense, work work work. [handwritten: love, Marcia] oh, just loooked at later letter. thanks for check; it was most handy. It might be just as well if you didn't get here Thurday night, as things will be a mess and I have promised to type several papers for people who aren't graduating and thus their work isn't due till then (Thurs or Fri) and will have lots of people to say goodbye to and lots of running around without sleep and simply won't be able to pay much attention to you until Friday, and it'll be pretty dull anyway. Also we want to get the house cleaned up before you get here, to be properly impressive and all. do you need directions from rte 40 or can you get them from AAA or something? will be glad to send some if necessary. If you would care to bring about 2 dozen bagels and suitable quantify of lox and such, we'd all be more than delighted. org, back to work. oh, one more: don't worry about rushing to be here in time for anything; whenever you get here (and if it works out best to get here Thursday then please do so) will be plenty of time to do all the things to do. Aslo, don't expect me to go back with you, as I'm used to traveling at a different pace and stopping will drive me nuts, and I'm not even sure I'm going east right away....depends on lots of things, like whether job promises get definiter or the National Teacher Corps sounds more attractive by next week than they do now, or what. all is still far up in the air, and most open-ended. BACK TO WORK KID. NOW. [handwritten: love, M]
Postmark: Jun 5, 1966, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Handwritten: “Rec’d this 6/7.”