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A Diary Without Dates   By: (1889-1981)

A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold

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A DIARY WITHOUT DATES

SOLDIERS' TALES OF THE GREAT WAR

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LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME

THE LOVERS

BY ELIZABETH ROBINS PENNELL

"It is one of the most charming little books among the many that owe their genesis to the war. The letters might be described as a lyric of married love; and their beauty and passion are enhanced by the exquisite setting which Mrs. Pennell has given them." Yorkshire Post.

LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

A DIARY WITHOUT DATES

BY

ENID BAGNOLD

[Illustration: Logo]

LONDON

WILLIAM HEINEMANN

First printed January 1918

Second Impression February 1918

London: William Heinemann, 1918

TO THAT FRIEND OF MINE WHO, WHEN I WROTE HIM ENDLESS LETTERS, SAID COLDLY, "WHY NOT KEEP SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF!"

I apologize to those whom I may hurt.

Can I soothe them by pleading that one may only write what is true for oneself?

E. B.

CONTENTS

I

OUTSIDE THE GLASS DOORS

II

INSIDE THE GLASS DOORS

III

"THE BOYS ..."

I

OUTSIDE THE GLASS DOORS

I like discipline. I like to be part of an institution. It gives one more liberty than is possible among three or four observant friends.

It is always cool and wonderful after the monotone of the dim hospital, its half lit corridors stretching as far as one can see, to come out into the dazzling starlight and climb the hill, up into the trees and shrubberies here.

The wind was terrible to night. I had to battle up, and the leaves were driven down the hill so fast that once I thought it was a motor bicycle.

Madeleine's garden next door is all deserted now: they have gone up to London. The green asphalt tennis court is shining with rain, the blue pond brown with slime; the little statues and bowls are lying on their sides to keep the wind from putting them forcibly there; and all over the house are white draperies and ghost chairs.

When I walk in the garden I feel like a ghost left over from the summer too.

I became aware to night of one face detaching itself from the rest. It is not a more pleasing face than the others, but it is becoming conspicuous to me.

Twice a week, when there is a concert in the big hall, the officers and the V.A.D.'s are divided, by some unspoken rule the officers sitting at one side of the room, the V.A.D.'s in a white row on the other.

When my eyes rest for a moment on the motley of dressing gowns, mackintoshes, uniforms, I inevitably see in the line one face set on a slant, one pair of eyes forsaking the stage and fixed on me in a steady, inoffensive beam.

This irritates me. The very lack of offence irritates me. But one grows to look for everything.

Afterwards in the dining room during Mess he will ask politely: "What did you think of the concert, Sister? Good show...."

How wonderful to be called Sister! Every time the uncommon name is used towards me I feel the glow of an implied relationship, something which links me to the speaker... Continue reading book >>




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