What’s In My Mailbox? Angel of Music

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The year: 2007. The setting: an introductory French class at a private high school in Honolulu. My teacher was showing us a Powerpoint of significant cultural sites to assess how much a group of teenagers from Hawai’i knew about Parisian life. As soon as the Palais Garnier appeared on the screen, the room went completely silent–so I raised my hand and before my teacher could be impressed by my apparent level of high taste, I whispered in reverent, broken French  “est-ce que le fantôme de l’Opéra habite là?” 

Which is all to say that I have loved both the Gaston Leroux novel and the ridiculous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical since I was twelve years old, and I was completely delighted to see some Phantom-esque souvenirs in my most recent letter from France. Opera ghosts may not be spooky to some, but I think this letter fits quite well with the rest of the Halloween/autumnal mail I received this week from domestic pen pals in Nevada and my home Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Phantoms aside, this letter from my French pen pal also contained lots of art historical beauty. I don’t exactly focus my scholarly attention on European painting (far from it!), but I have always adored the Impressionists–plus, the letter arrived on a day when I had a lot of Monet-related tours to lead!

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The envelope features a painting from Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series, a perennial favorite. I saw one of these (Rouen Cathedral, The Facade in Sunlight) at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown just two months ago!

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The fact that it’s November 2 won’t stop me from sharing the rest of my Halloween mail! My pen pal from Nevada commented that the little devil-girl sticker rather looks like me, and I can’t deny it. All you need to do is put orange hair with bangs on a green-eyed girl and you’ve got yourself a pretty fair likeness.

(I love the bat, too, which I plan on putting on display even though October’s done: cute flying mammals are appropriate any time of year, in my opinion!)

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I’ll add this pretty assortment from around Boston to my collection of teal-mail! You know I’m always up for a typographically minimalist Tolkien quote.

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I also have to take a minute to comment on these stickers, as they are truly the most delightful things I’ve ever seen. Purrrfect I can understand, but why would a whale be so sweet? (I assume that’s some kind of baleen whale, as no self-respecting odontocete could abide that cutesy pink heart.)

It makes no sense, and I absolutely love it. Send me all your adorable non-sequitur stickers, please!

4 thoughts on “What’s In My Mailbox? Angel of Music

  1. I actually did a presentation in school once about L’Opera Garnier in an attempt to improve my french grade (my understanding of french grammar was non-existent even after four years of learning the languange). Let’s just say half of the presentation was about the story of the phantom of the opera 😀

  2. I agree, bats are cute, no need to limit celebrating them to one night a year! (plus, I got a bat die-cutting shape and I quite like it, would be a shame to only use it once a year xD)

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