Limits Of The Personal Touch

A colleague of mind just received a hand-written note from the Pope (Yay!) in response to a letter she'd written him about something or other. (My colleague's grandfather was a prominent German professor of philosophy and Joseph Ratzinger knew him.)

Alas, the Pontiff's handwriting, while perfectly straight and neat, is so tiny as to be illegible. Really, she showed me: you can't imagine how small. Three different German speakers (the note's in German) have tried and can't make headway beyond "...fond memories of Prof. X...."

I hope my pal's not enjoined from teaching or invited to tea Sunday next or anything.