Love Letter

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I write this to you - what more can be said?
What more can I add to that one fact?
For now I know it is in your power
To punish me contemptuously for this act.
But you, keeping for my unhappy lot
Even one drop of sympathy
Will not entirely abandon me.
Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin, "Tatiana's Letter to Onegin"

A Love Confession in written form. When characters aren't brave enough to come out and say they like someone, the accepted way around a direct confrontation is a love letter, usually anonymously left in a shoe locker or prominent area, with a request to meet at a predetermined location. The intent is better known than the identity of the person; the letter is often pink, in cute handwriting, and smells like perfume. Bonus with lipstick marks.

Subtropes

  • Affair Letters
    Blackmail using letters exchanged by two lovers having an affair
  • Love Letter Lunacy
    the letter is given to the wrong person, or misinterpreted, or the sender decided they should've have sent it after all after the letter is already sent
  • Obsessive Love Letter
    the recipient is creeped out by the letter due to it being obsessive and over the top


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Fan Works 
  • The Ultimate Evil: when Valerie Payne tells Shendu that she wants to fall in love before becoming married, he takes it as a challenge and makes it a habit to send her love letters regularly. While Valerie doesn't want to admit any feelings for the Demon Sorcerer, she doesn't throw any of the letters away. Shendu states that he thought it fitting to use romanticism in letter writing to woo Valerie because it's becoming a lost art in modern times. He includes to the last letter a magical symbol that Valerie can use to call him, and it possibly saves her life when she's mauled nearly to death.

    Film 
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit has Roger writing a love letter to Jessica. the paper turns out to have Marvin Acme's will written in "disappearing, reappearing ink".
  • Love Letters is about, well, love letters, that cause a create deal of grief between three people.

    Literature 

  • Book six of Ranger's Apprentice ends with Will getting a letter from Alyss admitting she loves him. He goes right away to tell her he feels the same.
  • In Persuasion, Captain Wentworth writes a love letter to his Old Flame Anne Elliot saying "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope." He actually writes it while she's standing in the same room, about five feet away, which she realizes while she's reading it later.
  • In Emma, Robert Martin writes a letter with a marriage proposal to Harriet Smith. The actual letter is not a part of the novel, but it is a short but lovely letter, and even Emma admits it is very well-written, especially for a young farmer (of whom Emma snobbishly assumes that he cannot be educated).
  • In Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, Tatiana confesses her love to Onegin in a beautiful letter.
    Music 
  • Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ 's Hina Setoguchi sets out to confess her feelings to her upperclassman Koyuki this way. Because he was returning from figuring out his own crush is getting together with someone else, she unfortunately couldn't give it to him or tell him the contents of it. Hina lets an "I like you" slip out, but nothing comes of the matter, and both leave unsatisfied.
    Theater 
  • In The Rivals, Sir Lucius writes a letter expressing his feelings for Lydia, and enlists her maid to deliver it discreetly; it leads to an ongoing correspondence. What he doesn't learn until the end of the play is that the maid played a prank on him and he's actually been corresponding with Lydia's battleax of an aunt.

    Video Game 

  • Used pretty tragically in Rule of Rose, where Meg's love letter for Diana is not well received, and the protagonist Jennifer gets to suffer ire from both sides after being unwillingly dragged into the mess.
  • In Persona 4, the protagonist will receive love letters in his shoebox if he does good at tests, usually containing some useful item or other that a secret admirer has made for you. And if you think it's one of your Love Interests who did it, you're in for a shock later.... As the Fortune Social Link reveals, Naoto is also plagued by these on a regular basis ('plagued' because the detective prince has better things to do than play around with romance).
  • You can collect these for a sidequest in Dragon Age: Origins. The quest-giver wants them as blackmail material over their noble authors.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: Emil writes one to Genevieve, in the form of a poem, and asks Ivy for help with what similes to include. Depending on the player's choices, Genevieve can either accept or reject the letter. This divergence persists even after the time-skip, affecting where you'll find Emil and some of the relevant dialogue.

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