Some letters we found in my granny’s papers after she died record the fallout from my grandfather Robert’s affair. Ultimately, Robert was said to have married thirteen times. Granny’s marriage to him, his fourth of those I’ve found, lasted about four and a half years. Knowing her later intolerance for foolishness, I’m surprised she put up with him for that long. But I’m sure she wasn’t eager, in the midst of World War II, to raise a child on her own.
No matter how many times I read these letters, something new surprises me. If you’re curious:
- Robert’s letter of September 11, 1943, excerpted above, mournfully then ragefully (probably drunkenly) begging Granny to come home
- A letter to Robert from Christine, who would become his next wife, about the affair
- Granny’s draft letter to Christine’s husband, asking him to reconcile with Christine
After my grandparents’ divorce, Christine and Robert were married, off and on, for a number of years. His next wife shot him.