Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

For all that i like to upset people's solid notions, i really don't do confrontation well, so i end up dreading opening e-mail oftentimes. I enjoy being flip or at least casual even with people who are in positions of authority over me, but i do my best to be respectful and mature when engaging in disagreements, particularly with people who are in positions of authority over me. I am aware, however, that i am inclined to try to push the line.

I just got an e-mail from Cate. I often find myself lamenting that tone is often difficult to read in writing, even when it is a potentially measured format such as e-mail. Having a history with someone helps immensely and i often find myself hearing a person's voice as i read their words in my head because i am so familiar with the way they communicate in the world.

I do not have that much of a shared history with Cate to be able to do that, but we do generally have a positive and respectful relationship, and i interpret the majority of her most recent e-mail in that mode. The end, however... makes me wonder if it's dripping in rageful sarcasm, though many factors incline me to think not so.

Wow. Breathing now. Still lots of homework. Then sleep. Then more homework. Will hopefully see Susan.
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