February 12, 2002
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A 19th-century Internet love story.
posted by arco (10 comments total)
It was France and from here on in, everything would be different.

"I'm a little concerned," Dean wrote at the end of his entry, "about the sudden admiration I feel for the work of Jerry Lewis."

What a lousy ending for an otherwise sweet story.
posted by ColdChef at 10:29 AM on February 12, 2002

That was great! I thought when I read the lead-in, I thought I was going to read something about Charles Babbage or Ada Byron....;)
posted by Lynsey at 11:00 AM on February 12, 2002

What makes it 19th century? Were they using steam modems? The writer seems a bit bit too flabbergasted that they're in their 30s. Why, that's... that's unthinkable! The email about being deluged with messages from French women was priceless, though.
posted by transient at 12:22 PM on February 12, 2002

:::hearts a flutter:::
posted by Latitude11 at 12:30 PM on February 12, 2002

I think it's cool that three of the four people in this story (not counting Reception, and who knows, maybe him/her too) are MetaFarians. What about Gail, though?
posted by rodii at 1:09 PM on February 12, 2002

Steam modems.....heh
posted by briank at 2:01 PM on February 12, 2002

I think it was the epistolary nature of the romance that earned the "19th century" tag.
posted by kindall at 2:51 PM on February 12, 2002

Steam modems? Close enough. If that intrigues you be sure to read the overlooked and terrific The Difference Engine.
posted by dhartung at 2:54 PM on February 12, 2002

wow, i've stopped by at textism every now and then, but never suspected such a great story was going on behind the scenes (if you can call it that.). i'm surprised that i was kept interested throughout the whole article (not trying to be shallow.. i just usually scan these things). i guess everyone's got a great story or two... still waiting for mine, but it's always great to read others'...
posted by lotsofno at 3:56 PM on February 12, 2002

It's a great piece, though I must say I've never heard of a woman bringing a man into her childrens' lives without them meeting him first. Must be a french thing. Hope things work out between them.
posted by Salmonberry at 4:19 PM on February 12, 2002

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