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1874–1883: Disappointment and Loss After his wife's death, Otis Lord's letters to Dickinson began to take a more passionate tone. In fact, Dickinson and Lord almost seemed to conduct an affair by post. In 1878, Mrs. Dickinson fell and broke her hip, and Dickinson's nursing duties increased. Dickinson and Lord's correspondence from this time contains hints about an impending marriage. Dickinson's old school friend Helen Fiske Hunt had begun writing, and was being published regularly. Dickinson and Hunt corresponded regularly, and Dickinson kept close tabs on her friend's literary successes. In 1863, Hunt's husband, Major Edward Bissell Hunt, had been killed in an explosion during the Civil War. Later, she had lost both of her children to illnesses. To distract herself from her grief, Hunt had taken to writing fiction under pseudonyms, usually "H.H." or "Saxe Holm." The same year her husband died, Hunt had been encouraged by Colonel Higginson to write for magazines, which she did. Under the Saxe Holme pseudonym, Helen Fiske Hunt wrote a short story called "Esther Wynn's Love Letters" featuring a lovelorn, reclusive poet who many people thought was modeled on Dickinson. When Hunt moved to Colorado after marrying a banker named William Jackson, she became intrigued by American Indians and the complexities of their experience. She
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