To Nancy from Sue.

We found this note tucked inside a collection of Somerset Maugham stories while we waited in the “family room” of a hospital earlier in the year, and thought it was fairly charming. The note is written on a nearly transparent and yellowed piece of paper about four inches long, with a deep crease where it was folded in half. On the outside of the note is simply the name “Nancy.” Just how long has this message been waiting to be discovered, and how did Miss Freeman’s Maugham volume end up in the hospital?

Don’t forget about the hat and the intoxication.

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