I don’t want to give too much of the plot away — I save my spoilers for below the jump. But the story, in brief, is that Nattie is at work one day when a telegraph operator in another city, who calls himself “C”, begins chatting her up. They engage in a virtual courtship, things get funny and romantic, until suddenly things take a most puzzling and mysterious turn.
It’s all quite nuttily modern. Wired Love anticipates everything we live with in today’s online, Iphoned courtship: Assessing whether someone you’ve met online is what they say they are; the misunderstandings of tone and substance that come from communicating in rapid-fire, conversational bursts of text; or even the fact that you might not really be sure of the gender/nationality/species of the person you’re flirting with.
YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE CHATTING ONLINE WITH SOMEONE FOR A WHILE AND YOU JUST COMPLETELY FALL FOR THEM EVEN THOUGH YOU’VE NEVER MET IN REAL LIFE AND IT’S AWESOME AND ALSO KIND OF AWKWARD
THAT WAS HAPPENING 130 YEARS AGO, TOO but with sassy lady telegraph operators
THIS IS THE COOLEST STORY EVER and it’s awesome and hilarious to boot. I’ve been reading bits of it during downtime at work. Also have to mention that the author, Ella Cheever Thayer, was a Boston girl, which makes her 500x cooler.
You can read it for free on Project Gutenburg!
THIS. IS. AMAZING. EVERYONE READ THIS AT ONCE.