Magazine December 31, 2017, Issue

Before You Say No . . .

A sunset view of St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening before the Catholic mellennium celebrations will begin on Christmas Eve, December 23, 1999 (Reuters)
A correspondence, nonfictional, between a young boy, a housewife, a headmaster, and the young boy’s brother

March 7

Dear Mrs. Heath:

I wish to ask you a great favor. My brother David goes to Cranwell and he says they go easier on brothers, so I might have a chance to get in even though my grades aren’t so terribly good. But I need three letters of recommendation and I have one from a priest and one from a nun and my father says he thinks the third one better be from someone who is not a priest or a nun. You are not a priest or a nun but yet you know me intamitely from me having delivered

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