|Let's go postal with Prioress Heloise|
Heloise and Abelard were of course those unfortunate twelfth century scholars whose love affair was sundered by pride, wrath, and ambition. She was a brilliant student and he was her equally brilliant tutor. Her uncle Fulbert disapproved of both her pregnancy and the secret marriage that shielded Abelard's career in the church. Fulbert may not have been directly involved in the castration of Peter Abelard, but it pretty much ended the physical relationship between Pete and Elly. Their long correspondence documents both their love for each other (or at least hers for him, since he confesses that he only lusted for her) and their love for knowledge and wisdom.
|Together in death|
Heloise wrote to Abelard, “If the portraits of our absent friends are pleasant to us, which renew our memory of them and relieve our regret for their absence by a false and empty consolation, how much more pleasant are letters which bring us the written characters of the absent friend.”
I won't belabor the point. Instead, I will resolve to send at least one letter in the next seven days.