Albert Einstein and Mileva Marić had quite the torrid love affair. True to form, however, it was one striven by distance and passionate yearning. While they were apart, Einstein sent Marić letters filled with poetry, graceful tidings and sometimes scandalous solicitations. Feel free to borrow them to send to your sweet one this Valentine's Day.
"How glad I am to know that by now you are home with your good old lady, who is again marvelously fattening up my little Doxerl, so that she will rest again in my arms plump as a dumpling and healthy and cheerful..."
"Your first dear little letter from the homeland arrived yesterday. First I read your letter in the quiet little chamber, then twice more & then for a long time I kept reading between the lines with great delight & then I slid it grinning in the pocket."
"However things turn out, we are getting the most delightful life from [in?] the world. Beautiful work and together ”” and what's more, we both are now our own bosses & are standing on our own feet & can enjoy our youth to the hilt. Who could have it better? And when we have saved enough money, we shall buy bikes and go on a biking trip every few weeks."
"I cannot wait to have you again, my all, my little beast, my street urchin, my little brat. Now that I think of you, I just believe that I do not want to make you angry & tease you ever again, but want to be always like an angel! Oh, lovely illusion! But you love me, don't you, even if I am again the old scoundrel full of whims and devilries, and as moody as always!"
"If you knew better your power over me, you little witch, you would not constantly be afraid that I might keep back all sorts of things from you, because this is really not my intention. I also want to tell you immediately, love, that my courage and my good cheer have not been broken at all, especially because I see from your letter that you are invariably cheerful."
"I would like so much to have you with me, even if you have a 'funny figure,' as you have written me twice already. Why don't you make a drawing of it for me, a really beautiful one! It will make me very happy if you make me a little pillow. But then you also must make the soul for it (for the sake of the pillow), because I haven't the slightest idea where those of mine reside."