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Miss Dora Baggins' Book of Manners  by Dreamflower 8 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 13 on 8/20/2016
Dear Miss Dora (and Dreamflower,)

I do think that this information on the Writing of Letters shall prove valuable, whether by the Shire Quick Post or the newfangled even-quicker-Post (such as these letters!) I am very grateful for how neatly it has all been laid out.

Would it be Usual, if one needs Immediate Help with a Family Problem, to write a short note asking for a face to face Meeting as soon as Possible, and then to disclose the Particulars of the Matter in Person? I have a Feeling this might be So, but I wish to be Certain.

With deepest gratitude,

Your friend and reader,


Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 13 on 11/3/2009
My dear Miss Dora,

Thank you very Much for writing about the writing of Letters! I have used your Advice as much as possible in writing these Reviews for your Book. I hope that Dreamflower and yourself shall be Inspired to continue the Book, for I have enjoyed it on every reading.

Your faithful reader,

Kaylee Arafinwiel

(Who needs to finish getting ready for School as my ride shall be here any Second)

Author Reply: My dear Miss Kaylee!

I have very much enjoyed our Correspondence so far as it goes. You are a very Intelligent and Perceptive Young Person!

If I can draw my Scribe's Attention away from some of my Less Reputable Relations long enough, I am sure that I can convince her to Complete my Book of Manners! Then we may possibly Resume our Conversation!

Until such time, I remain,
Sincerely yours,
Miss Dora Baggins

I have allowed myself to get sidetracked from "Miss Dora" for a while-- but never fear; she won't allow me to forget about it completely! I will definitely be finishing it up sometime in the future. Perhaps your reviews will make that happen sooner!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/29/2007
How does one know if one is Sending Letters too Often?

If the Replies one Receives match the Description above, then one may be Fairly Assured that one is sending Too Many Letters to that person.

Dear Aunt Dora is Great! And always Polite :)

I attended an English course this year and one important part was about (Business) Letter Writing. Now, with all those tips and tricks from my wonderful English teacher and your Aunt Dora, nothing can go wrong ;-)

Although I prefer e-mail! It's much quicker.

I'm quite sure, as a passionate letter writer Prof. Tolkien would have loved this chapter.

Author Reply: Although I prefer e-mail! It's much quicker.

Me too! Though I can be just as long winded in an email as a regular letter, LOL!

I'm glad you liked that bit at the end! Aunt Dora does have a rather unique sense of humor!

Baggins BabeReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/28/2007
Ah yes, the wonderful Miss Dora. Letter writing was an art for her and those like her. I can certainly see her following her own advice if she had to write to Lobelia!

Great chapter, Dreamflower!

Author Reply: *snerk* I'm sure that her letters to Lobelia were very terse indeed; either that or she filled them with "firm" advice about Lobelia's rearing of Lotho and habits of "finding" spoons!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/28/2007
Keeping up a Lively Correspondence with one’s Friends and Relations is an Amusing and Rewarding Activity. There is nothing More Pleasant than Receiving News from afar from one’s Loved Ones, and there is no Better Way to Receive Letters than to Send them!

And who would know better than Aunt Dora! *g* I would love to hear her opinion of the decline in letter writing and the rise of e.mail etc!

Author Reply: Aunt Dora says "There is no Reason a Letter sent by more New-fangled Means cannot be as Courteous and Gracious as Those sent by the Old-fashioned and Reliable Shire Post. If one Insists on Corresponding in That Manner, then one should do it Properly!"

Also it enables one to increase one's circle of correspondents immensely!


LarnerReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/27/2007
Aha! The queen of Shire letterwriting gets to the heart of her own obsession! And a Lovely Bit of Wisdom does she Share with all who Need to Know!

Thank you for such a wonderful chapter to start my Shire day upon! Heh!

Author Reply: Yes, indeed! She was very nearly Enthusiastic! I had loads of fun with this chapter!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/27/2007
How very hobbity!

(Now every time I add to Sam's packet of letters, I will be thinking of Dora...)

I especially chuckled at this:
The New Parents will have more than enough to do, after all.

Is the inception of the Shire post a matter of record, or did you have to dig through the dust at the Mathom House to find your facts?

Yours most cordially,

Author Reply: *chuckle* Indeed!

She is pretty Practical about things, isn't she? But of course, that's one reason Family is so Important to hobbits!

No, it's more or less my invention; the Took family tree does not go back past Isengrim II, but we do have a founding date (1083) for the Great Smials. So I just decided to go a couple of generations further. There had to be an Isumbras II somewhere along the line! I thought it would be fun to have had a previous Took-Brandybuck alliance (before Mirabella) and a very *smitten* Thain! *grin*

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/27/2007
One may see here that the Request is worded as a Question, and that it is not Taken For Granted that the Reply will be in the Affirmative. A Time and Day for both Arriving and Departing are given, as well as the Number of Persons in the Travelling Party. One hopes that Cousin Uffo will find the visit Congenial.

I love Aunt Dora so much. She does everything in her Considerable Power to ensure that the Shirefolk are civil, responsible, and well in touch with their family and friends. :)

Author Reply: *grin* It's a lot of fun to imagine the situations Dora is writing of; she's quite a font of Wisdom, isn't she?

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