Mobi í Wired Love ´ 288 pages

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Mobi í Wired Love ´ 288 pages ¼ This book published in 1879 mulls what how authentic a romance can be that is mediated over the wire by two telegraph operatorsAn excerpt from the bookBut a very significant noise to Miss Nathalie Rogers or Nattie as she was usually abbreviated; a noise that caused her to lay aside her bookand jump up hastNications therefrom she was conscious of holding in some slight contempt the possible abilities of the human portion of its machineryFor who but an operator very green in the profession would stay there?Conseuently she was uite unprepared for the velocity with which the telegraph alphabet of sounds in dots and dashes rattled over the instrument appropriately termed a sounder upon which messages are received and found herself wholly unable to write down the words asfast as they cam From BBC Radio 4A Romance of Dots and Dashes published in 1879 was a ground breaking book about a long distance romance conducted over the telegraph wire aptly termed The Victorian Internet Written by the previously unknown Ella Cheever Thayer Wired Love's Manhattan publisher trumpeted it as a bright little telegraphic novel that told the old old story in a new new way But Thayer's story was grounded in Victorian reality Men and women alike worked as telegraph operators with predictable results At least one wedding was conducted over the wires and Electrical World magazine even warned of the dangers of wired lovePresenter Lucy Hawking looks at how the invention of the telegraph led to social changes in the role of women as well as providing the inspiration for this first on line romance novel published over 100 years before the internet Finding parallels in today's e mail world she profiles the life of Ella Cheever Thayer discusses the appeal of the novel and talks to Laura Otis Britt Peterson and Thomas C Jepson about the revolutionary technology and the social changes it encouragedPresenter Lucy HawkingDrama adapted by Danny WestgatePerformers Samantha Dakin Tom Bevan and Anna FarnworthSound Design Nick RomeroProducer Julian MayersA Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4httpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb099xpwg

Ebook º Wired Love ì Ella Cheever Thayer

This book published in 1879 mulls what how authentic a romance can be that is mediated over the wire by two telegraph operatorsAn excerpt from the bookBut a very significant noise to Miss Nathalie Rogers or Nattie as she was usually abbreviated; a noise that caused her to lay aside her bookand jump up hastily exclaiming with a gesture of impatience Somebody always 'calls' me in the middle of every entertaining chapterFor that noise that little clatter like and yet too irregular to Ah telegraphy the text messages of yesteryear ; I so wanted to love this novel but it fell short of my expectations I see it has garnered a surprising number of reviews here for what I had assumed was a fairly obscure little novel from the 1879 many glowing in their praise than mine would be so I will make mine brief I really love the premise and feel that it's surprisingly contemporary in our age of internet chat groups emails texting and online dating If you fall for someone over the wires or internet whatever will the flesh and blood version be as wonderful as words and daydreams have painted them or will they be a devastating disappointment? I really enjoyed the first part of the novel in which Nattie and C form their acuaintance and build their affections in the form of dots and dashes It was really sweet and charming and fun and I also appreciated the glimpse into how telegraphy worked I mean I already knew about Morse code and telegrams of course but it was interesting to hear about the key and sounder and all the little intricacies and day to day aspects that only telegraph operators would know about Thayer having been one herself However I became increasingly annoyed with both story and characters as the book progressed and various misunderstandings ensued The characters never really won me over either I found Nattie to be a rather inscrutable heroine and her supposed desire to be a writer never rang true and the idea that she needed either great love or great disappointment to precipitate her career nettled me Oh there was nothing wrong with Nattie but I just never felt that I really understood her or could be chums if I met her in real life I liked C well enough on the whole uimby ah uimby I could see an actor like Jimmy Stewart making him really adorable and lovable but I'm sorry to say that on the page I mostly found him extremely annoying Cyn and Jo and Celeste felt a bit too stock character for me And by the end of the book though I am no supporter of corporal punishment I found myself wanting to slap some sense into a few of the characters I suppose Thayer succeeded in surprising me as I did not expect some of the relationshipsromances to end the way that they did Unfortunately I just wasn't too satisfied with the way some did work out I'm curious to know how this book was received when it was originally published since it is rather Bohemian and I imagine the Miss Klings of the public were a bit scandalized ; Anyway read some of the other reviews from readers who loved the book If the premise sounds interesting give it a whirl It's free on Project Gutenberg and I'm glad I read it as it did afford several chapters that were very pleasing and some insights into the era that I greatly appreciated A rather prophetic paragraph that I couldn't help but share ; What with telegraph and fac simile and the telephone and that dreadful phonograph that bottles up all one says and disgorges at inconvenient times we will soon be able to do everything by electricity; who knows but some genius will invent something for the especial use of lovers? something for instance to carry in their pockets so when they are far away from each other and pine for a sound of 'that beloved voice' they will have only to take up this electrical apparatus put it to their ears and be happy Ah blissful lovers of the future

Ella Cheever Thayer ì Wired Love Book

Wired Love Be the ticking of a clock expressed to Nattie these four mystic letters B m X n;which same four mystic letters interpreted meant that the name or to use the technical word call of the telegraph office over which she was present sole presiding genius was B m and that Bm was wanted by another office on the wire designated as X nA little out of the way country office some fifty miles down the line was X n and as Nattie signaled in reply to the call her readiness to receive any commu In all honesty I have to point out that I actually read the scanned version of this book available for free for download through Google Books I've long been intrigued by the similarities between our times and the 1880s and this book points out another connection It tells the story of an early online romance conducted between telegraph operators The relationship progresses much as you would expect it to if it were conducted using say Matchcom today Pitfalls are recognizable to anyone who's used an online dating network chat rooms instant messaging or email to strike up a new relationship or friendship with someone else online And that connection described in language that is clearly true to its time makes it at least for me a fun fun read