Love Letter: Am Writing (Historical Fiction)

Dorotea has a very complicated backstory. She is high-born; her parents were taken by the plague; she was adopted by Matias’s family, who then treated her as a servant:

To Dorotea, My Love,

 Indeed, you were a somber, quiet child, who rarely smiled. But I cannot blame you for that, as you were left orphaned at a very young age. I heard mother remark that you were strong, and quick for your age. Whatever task you were given, you performed with cheerful energy. 

And then they put you to work in the kitchen. I grew up watching you fetch, carry, and scrub. I never heard a word of complaint from you. You swept floors, you did the washing – not just of my family’s, but of the other servants. Yet you never complained.  

You served others first, and then washed their plates. Your room was a straw pallet by the hearth. A dog should have been treated better. If the highest form of prayer is patience and humility, then, Dorotea, your place in Heaven is assured.

The only time anything like emotion could be seen on your face was during the singing of the psalms. Then, you seemed to forget yourself entirely, casting aside your shyness to raise your voice, loud and strong, and so heavenly was your voice that I could feast on its memory for a week. Nay, a month!

Do you remember that day when I found you sitting by yourself in the courtyard?

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