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read Wired Love mobi ´ Kindle Edition í 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 uBe 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

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Nications 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

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Wired Love 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 Many stories have been told over the years of couples who meet and correspond without – or before – ever coming face to face ‘Wired Love’ is a particularly lovely example of that type of story and – given that it was published in 1879 – a strikingly modern storyNattie – Miss Nathalie Rogers – was making her own way in the world She was bright she was independent she hoped to become a writer one day; and she had secured a room in a respectable boarding house and employment in the small local telegraph office I lked her from the start and oh how I empathised with her when she had a difficult dayShe was trying to take down a message that was being sent far too uickly for her to transcribe she was being interrupted by a customer asking foolish uestions and then she upsets a bottle of ink all over herself Of course she had to ask “C” – who was sending that message from another telegraph office – to stop and repeat uite a few times “C” lost patience with her but when “N” stood up for herself and explained exactly what she was having to deal with “C” understood The pair went on chatting over the wire – in Morse code – whenever things were uiet in their respective officesThe relationship between “C” and “N” grew beautifully They weren’t really supposed to chat on the wire but the other operators in their circuit were tolerant and curious about what might happen They knew that ”C” was a man and Nattie knew too but he was so easy to talk to she never expected to never meet him in person and so she was maybe a little open than she should have been“C” and “N” did meet – of course they did – and Nattie’s friend Cynthia who was intrigued by the relationship that grew on the wire drew him into their social circle But things didn’t play out as Cynthia hoped “N” was shy with “C” is real life and uite sure that he would fall in love with Cynthia And “C” was sure that “N” had another admirer; she did but she could never see him as that a friendThe story played out perfectly with a lovely mixture of comedy drama and romance The characters were beautifully drawn and I particularly liked the way that Ella Cheever Thayer presented Nattie and Cynthia as modern independent young women with ambitions beyond matrimony without pushing things too farTheir friendship was beautifully drawn and the pair brought out the best in each otherThe story was engaging a likeable cast was well managed and I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that the author was a playwright – this seems to have been her only novel – that she had worked as a telegraph operator The story lived and breathed and it rang trueIt was at times wonderfully prescient“Ah well then the young woman was only in advance of the age” said Miss Archer; “and what with that 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”My only concern was how we were going to get to the inevitable ending which was also the ending I wantedIt came of course via the telegraph