Hue Straddenier was a man Rose Green used to write to.
How are you doing? I haven't gotten messages from you in some time. I hope life is treating you well. Last I heard of, you were in the middle of planning some sort of crazy scheme to buy an old Victorian mansion. So, what ever became of that? Did you buy it? Now, how can you afford to do something like that? Who did you find as a partner to help lead this plan?
I hate to admit it, but I haven't been up to a whole lot lately. Life around here has been pretty dull. Nothing too great is happening here, just a bit of the same ol', same ol'. I need to fall into wealth, fame, and fortune so I'll have more to write about. how's your cat and that friend of yours, Abby? The last time we spoke, she talked a lot about gold and its great spiritual significance.
Maybe I'll follow your lead and take on an ambitious project of my own! I could use the money. I've been saving to drive out west to visit you. An adventure on the road could be just the key to motivate me. If some of the rumors I've heard of your buying this house are true, I'll definitely have to come and visit! I'll use the excuse of coming to visit to check out your new investment!
I'm learning Chinese and also considering taking a trip to Beijing. A friend of mine sent me a poem she wrote in Chinese the other day. Now I want to go there!
Well enough rambling! I've got to go, but I hope to hear from you soon!
Yours truly, Hue Straddenier
I'm doing great! How are you? Yes, the rumors are true: I bought myself a Victorian mansion! It's funny you should mention Abby; she's actually the one who decided to go in on this [deal] with me. We're still in the process of restoring the glace. It's a lot of fun, but also a lot of fund work. We're beginning to get a little worried that we'll fall behind schedule if we're not careful. There've been several accidents lately that have interfered with our work.
When you visit, you can stay in the Chinese room! We've just bought some new furniture for the room! We're just waiting for the wallpaper to dry before we move everything in. With all of the distractions and the schedule, by the time I finish writing this letter, I'm sure we will have completed the restorations altogether! I'll try to get it into the mail before [Letter ends]