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Week 15: Heloisa

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Reading #1. In the first part of the letter, Heloise writes to Abelard, explaining that she has read the letter that he wrote which tells the story of his life (Historia calamitatum). The contents of this letter which Abelard wrote to one of his friends causes Heloise to feel great alarm.

Reading #2. Heloise implores Abelard to write to her, and declares her unwavering devotion to him. She explains why it is not important to her to be called his wife, so long as their bond of love remains unbroken.

Reading #3. In the concluding portion of the letter, Heloise explains her obedience to Abelard's request that she become a nun, and asks him to write to her as frequently now as he once did when they were lovers.


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