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Olivia Cockett was once twenty-six years previous in the summertime of 1939 while she answered to a call for participation from Mass commentary to “ordinary” participants to maintain a diary in their daily lives, attitudes, emotions, and social relatives. This publication is an annotated, unabridged variation of her candid and evocative diary. Love and struggle in London: A Woman’s Diary 1939-1942 is rooted within the awesome milieu of wartime London. shiny and fascinating, Olivia’s diary unearths her frustrations, fears, pleasures, and self-doubts. She files her temper swings and attempts to appreciate them, and speaks of her lover (a married guy) and the serious courting they've got. As she and her family and friends in New Scotland backyard are swept up through the momentous occasions of one other ecu struggle, she vividly studies on what she sees and hears in her everyday life. Hers is a diary that brings jointly the non-public and the general public. It allows us to appreciate how one clever, imaginitive girl struggled to make feel of her lifestyles, because the urban within which she lived used to be drawn into the turmoil of a catastrophic battle.
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If the last war removed the pomp, and this one removes the profits, perhaps pacifism will have more appeal to everybody. We sang folk songs to a one finger accompaniment on the piano; listened to a movement of the Fifth in C minor from a foreign station; browsed through excerpts from Pilgrimage aloud; and had hot milk before going to bed at 11. Satisfactory evening. Tuesday, October 24 Stood awhile and watched a lot of people at Waterloo, as they went through all the preliminaries of entraining for the u s a boat train.
Joan told me of her evacuation adventures, in charge of 40 0 expectant mothers, with small children too; only two mishaps, all the way to Weymouth, both slight. She was sad in the train when she had time to be, looking at the Dorset fields, where she had planned to spend a few days walking this autumn. She has a woman staying with her who is afraid to remain alone in her own flat. Joan is pleased with company too, for air raid warnings and soothing evening chatter, although normally she likes to be alone after an office day as much as I do.
And I do so feel convinced that reform is necessary. Still, I’d better make up my mind in what direction first—so here’s to the pursuit of knowledge, through literature. Escapism again! I sit musing, hearing the November gale rattle the window and door, and it seems to me that this warm bright room is a bubble over the European caldron. Escapism, indeed! ) On top of an open bus in a green leafy lane. Two girl friends and I crouch in a row at the back and make water without any embarrassment. A tumult in a marble room, women shouting and crying, bright sunshine through tall marble openings gleaming on a square pool.