18th November 1912
33 Kensington Square
No more shams — a real love letter this time — then I can breathe freely, and perhaps who knows begin to sit up and get well —
I haven’t said ‘kiss me’ because life is too short for the kiss my heart calls for… All your words are as idle wind — Look into my eyes for two minutes without speaking if you dare! Where would be
your 54 years? and my grandmother’s heart? and how many hours would you be late for dinner?
— If you give me one kiss and you can only kiss me if I say ‘kiss me’ and I will never say ‘kiss me’ because I am a respectable widow and I wouldn’t let any man kiss me unless I was sure of the wedding ring —
(Liza, I mean).
George Bernard Shaw, an Irish dramatist, and ‘Stella’ (Beatrice Campbell, English actress), corresponded for 40 years.
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