JP 986, JL 378
1870 or later (probably 1872)
watermark/embossment: Y, A Pirie & Sons 1870, embossed
20 x 13 cm.
FF 231-232. Copy of poem Sue already knew. Most likely, her copy had been passed along for printing as "The Snake" in the Springfield Daily Republican on February 14, 1866. The Norcross cousins were expected for a visit and, as Johnson infers, Sue had apparently sent over a note saying that she would like to make an evening call. This is among the writings that strongly suggest that Sue and Emily's not seeing one another for long periods of time is a biographical construction based on unreliable gossip received as fact (e.g., stories told by Mary Lee Hall and recirculated by Richard Sewall in The Life of Emily Dickinson; Hall helped perpetuate tales of Dickinson's unrequited and/or unrealized love for a male suitor, felt particular animosity for Susan and her daughter Martha, and strongly allied herself with Todd and Bingham; see esp. pp. 59-61, 191-203, 230-233).
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