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Based upon evidence fact and logical reasoning Steven Ozment explores the relationship of a sixteenth century German merchant and his wife The piece talks about the hardships of long distance marriage the Black Plague that swept through Germany the death of their only child and the business that helps bind the two lovers together One of the tactics that Magdalena and Balthasar use to keep each other sane is the writing of love letters back and forth No matter where they may be just to make sure that their undivided love will never part The nature of the relationship between Magdalena and Balthasar consisted of a very strong love for one another They exchanged love letters whenever Balthasar had to go away on a business trip The first place he wrote to his wife was from Lucca Magdalena would receive his letter about three to four weeks later in their hometown of Nuremberg Eight of the letters written were from Balthasar and three were from Magdalena Magdalena receives all Balthasars letters with longing and heartfelt joy A letter from him at Christmas time becomes a true gift from the Christ Child Ozment 28 With every written letter a sense of love and devotion is seen I have at 1200 this might received with great longing your letter of November 11 As I had carefully considered and calculated the mail delivery with which your reply to my letter must come I waited with longing for a letter last Sunday 28 This quote shows that Balthasar is devoted to his wife because he is willing to give up a good days worth of trading just to hear from her Besides all the love that was expressed between the couple in their letters some tensions are seen For example Magdalena became angry with Balthasar because he did not write back to her as soon as he received her new letter Something like this would worry most wives
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