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Read Shannon's grandfather's letter:
(12, February, ’78)
My dear Margaret,
Your most unexpected letter came as a very pleasant surprise yesterday. Many thanks for it and for the spirit in which it was written.
I have read and re-read your letter and I have come to realize that only a very sincere person and a person with a lot of courage could have written it as you have and I appreciate it all the more.
It is a great pity that we have not had more time in which to get to know each other. You can understand that under the circumstances I feel I dare not barge in where angels fear to tread!
I am glad to know that your mother is pleased about your engagement to Brian. She is taking an awful lot on faith as she has not even met B. and must be relying largely on your sound common sense.
I feel sure that we are going to love her when we meet her.
You will possibly never know how glad we are that B chose your type of girl. I feel that in time you will grow into one of the family.
I am learning fast to appreciate your many sterling qualities and I can assure that I will gladly welcome you into our family.
Margaret, you do me a great honour by asking me to accept you as a daughter especially as your own father was called home when you were very young. This is placing a great trust in me. And giving me added responsibility. It will require much real trust and confidence and much real understanding. I promise to do all I can to give you a sense of security and to make your future a happy one.
Please do not let the fact that mom and I have been richly blessed materially worry you. I think Brian can explain to you that we have always considered ourselves as nothing more than trustees for the children of whom Brian is one.
It is only the good that money can do that really counts.
I am very glad to know that you have been able to make something that pleases you out of the rings. May the wearing of the ring just act as a bond between us all.
Brian does not see many things in the way that we do, but he means a great deal to us nonetheless.
I can only thank you very sincerely for the fact that you will try to make him happy. It means a great deal to me.
Again thank you for your very nice letter. Please feel free to write to me and allow me to share in your joys and especially your troubles and frustrations.
Love to you both,
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