CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/3
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date11 January 1914
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Bergstrasse 33, Dresden, Germany, to her relatives, regarding complaints about her pen; removals to Bergstrasse not yet quite complete; household happy but disorganised; Frau Oeser the landlady but the servants run the place; food much better but late; makes bedtime difficult for Aunt as she has massage and hot compress to do after supper; her arm is much improved; the cold suits her very well; rooms comfortable and well-ventilated, according to Dr. Kniffler's suggestion; good atmosphere with much laughter; most of the other tenants female music students of various nationalities; some of the teachers not adequate and students do not apply themselves; Fraulein Oeser very excitable and needs to be made to lie down and be quiet; she is engaged but is not being trained in household duties; she is 'of the modern type of a dressed stick in appearance'; the present generation are not tough enough to cope with the pressures of singing-study; parents are responsible for over-exciting their children; Dr. Kniffler did not allow games after school hours; Herr Pfannstiehl's daughter happy to be going back to school, which she enjoys more than home; accounts of the lack of attention paid to her at home; Frau Pfannstiehl is bullied; complaints that husbands like power over their wives; he is an exacting teacher; he refuses to take more pupils even though his wife has difficulty in making ends meet; visit of Frau Pfannstiehl's sister helps; their father does nothing at home either; German men have little sense of justice; success at organ lesson but not so good at singing; Uncle's continued recovery, though double preaching a strain; Mr. Gibson read the lesson, despite Uncle's reluctance to let him; reference to mother's account in her letter of 'a change to the hills', not, apparently, an improvement.
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