Here is a letter she wrote to a friend who witnessed her cousin drowning in a pond -
What a reception for you! Did she wait for your approbation? Her deferring to die until you came seemed to me so confiding - as if nothing should be presumed. It can never be real to you.
And here is a letter she wrote to someone whose house caught fire -
I congratulate you.
Disaster endears beyond Fortune -
She was also famous for carrying on conversations with callers from behind a screen or in the next room.
Then Space began to toll
As all the Heavens were a Bell
And Being but an Ear
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Emily Dickinson...