Well before we could instantly send any old thought we have via text message (and instantly regret what we wrote) those crazy love letter lines had to be written out by hand and mailed.
This process should have given us plenty of time to change our minds about writing anything too crazy, but as Napoleon's love letters to Josephine prove the lovesick have never wasted time with logical thought:
“Your tears rob me of reason, and inflame my blood. Believe me it is not in my power to have a single thought which is not of thee, or a wish I could not reveal to thee.”
But the flames of passion often flicker in the breeze, so when he receives no response Napoleon the nutty in love starts worrying like someone who sends a text but doesn't get an immediate response:
“Without his Josephine, without the assurance of her love, what is left him upon earth? What can he do?”
Things go from bad to worse for Napoleon the jealous lover and Josephine, and in the wake of their break up he starts to send the equivalent of a drunk text as he wallows in misery:
"The veil is torn…It is sad when one and the same heart is torn by such conflicting feelings for one person… I need to be alone. I am tired of grandeur; all my feelings have dried up. I no longer care about my glory. At twenty-nine I have exhausted everything."