One of the aspects of correspondence is that the writer is able to prepare himself for the same situations he’s giving advice on. Foucault says, “the opinions that one gives to others in a pressing situation are a way of preparing oneself for a similar eventuality” (4). If one’s correspondent is going through grief, but the writer themselves have not gone through that yet, then they will be able to take their own advice when their grieving time comes. Both the writer of the letter and the receiver will have “increased their readiness for the case in which this type of event befalls them”, by both of them figuring out a way to overcome the issue. Therefore, it is a mutual learning process.