Letters Across the Sea
Once upon a time, in the late 1800s, there was a young man named Henry who lived in the quaint town of Nottingham, England. Henry was a kind-hearted, adventurous young man who had a thirst for knowledge and a love for exploring. Henry had always been fascinated by the world beyond his town and was always on the lookout for ways to expand his horizons.
One day, while walking through the town center, Henry came across a small post office. He went inside and started talking to the clerk, a friendly man named Charles. Charles told him about a new program called the International Friendship Program, where people from all over the world could become pen pals with someone from another country.
Henry was intrigued by the idea of having a pen pal from another part of the world. He had always been interested in other cultures and thought that this could be a great way to learn more about them. So, he decided to sign up for the program.
A few weeks later, Henry received his first letter from his pen pal, Emily. Emily lived in the United States and was a bright, witty young woman who had a passion for writing. From their very first exchange of letters, Henry was amazed by how much he enjoyed talking to Emily. They talked about their interests, their dreams, and their hopes for the future.
Over time, their correspondence grew more personal, and they began to reveal more about their lives. Emily wrote about her family, her friends, and her studies, while Henry shared his experiences traveling through England and his love for the outdoors.
Their letters became the highlight of each other’s week, and they looked forward to receiving and reading them. Through their letters, they had created a bond that was special and unique.
As time went on, their friendship deepened, and they began to realize that they had feelings for each other that went beyond just friendship. Henry had fallen in love with Emily, even though they had never met in person.
But Emily was hesitant to take the relationship any further. She was afraid that the distance between them would make it impossible for them to have a future together. But Henry was determined to find a way to be with the woman he loved, no matter what the distance was.
One day, Henry wrote Emily a letter telling her that he was planning to come to the United States to meet her in person. Emily was thrilled and nervous at the same time. She had never met Henry before, but she felt like she already knew him so well through their letters.
After a long six-week boat journey, Henry arrived in New York. When he and Emily finally met in person, it was like they had known each other their whole lives. They spent their days exploring the city, walking along the beach, and enjoying each other’s company.
But just as they were beginning to plan a future together, tragedy struck. Emily’s father became gravely ill, and she had to return home to take care of him. She hadn’t told her family about Henry yet, and she wasn’t sure they would approve of her foreign lover, so Henry had to go back to England. Henry was devastated. He didn’t know what to do or how to help Emily from so far away.
But Emily knew that she couldn’t leave Henry behind. She loved him too much to let the distance between them keep them apart. So, she came up with a plan. She would write to Henry every day, telling him about her life and the progress of her father’s health, and Henry would write back to her.
And so, they continued their correspondence, even though they were on different continents. Their letters were filled with stories of their lives and their love for each other. They talked about their dreams, their hopes, and their plans for the future.
Years went by, and their love never faltered. They continued to write to each other, even though technology had changed, and people no longer sent handwritten letters. They sent telegrams, and eventually, they even started talking on the phone.
Henry and Emily knew that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They longed to be reunited and live in the same country. Emily’s father had recovered, and Henry had started a successful business in England. They knew that it was time to take the next step and be together.
Henry proposed to Emily through a letter, and she said yes. They planned to get married in Connecticut, where Emily’s family lived, and then move to England together.
The day of the wedding arrived, and Emily was nervous and excited at the same time. She couldn’t believe that after all these years of writing to Henry, they were finally going to be together in person.
As she walked down the aisle, her eyes met Henry’s, and she felt like she was home. They exchanged their vows, promising to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives.
After the wedding, they moved to England, where they started their new life together. They had a beautiful home, and they continued to write to each other every day. Even though they were living in the same country, they still wrote letters to each other, just like they did when they were pen pals.
Years went by, and they had children and grandchildren. They grew old together, but their love never faded. They would always remember the days when they were pen pals and how their love had grown through their letters.
Their love story became an inspiration for others, and people would often ask them for advice on how to keep their love alive. They would always tell them that communication was the key and that love knows no distance.
Quaint (adj.) – attractive in an old-fashioned way
Thirst (noun) – a strong desire for something
Correspondence (noun) – communication by exchanging letters, emails, etc.
Horizons (noun) – the range of a person’s knowledge, experience, or interests
Gravely (adv.) – seriously
Proposal (noun) – a formal request for someone’s hand in marriage
Aisle (noun) – a passageway between rows of seats
Cherish (verb) – to protect and care for lovingly
- What was the name of the program that allowed Henry and Emily to become pen pals?
a) World Explorer Program
b) Post Office Pen Pal Program
c) International Friendship Program
d) Global Correspondence Initiative
- What did Henry and Emily talk about in their first letters?
a) Their favorite foods
b) Their hobbies and interests
c) Their jobs
d) Their favorite TV shows
- Why was Emily hesitant to take her relationship with Henry further?
a) She was already in a relationship
b) She was afraid of the distance between them
c) She didn’t like Henry as much as he liked her
d) She thought Henry was too old for her
- What tragedy struck Emily’s family?
a) Her mother became ill
b) Her father became gravely ill
c) Her brother got into an accident
d) Her sister got married
- What advice did Henry and Emily give to others about keeping love alive?
a) Communication is key
b) Expensive gifts are important
c) Living in the same country is necessary
d) Compatibility is more important than communication
- Do you think long-distance relationships can work in today’s society where communication is easier and more accessible than ever before? Why or why not?
- What do you think was the biggest challenge that Henry and Emily faced in their relationship, and how did they overcome it?
- How important do you think letter writing is in today’s society, where most communication happens through digital means?
- Do you believe in love at first sight?
- c) International Friendship Program
- b) Their hobbies and interests
- b) She was afraid of the distance between them
- b) Her father became gravely ill
- a) Communication is key