WEEK 98: (22nd – 28th September 1919)

“He & Bessie had a discussion about conversion & original sin, which he doesn’t believe in, though he seems very religious, & he treated her exactly as an equal, which very few middle aged men would do, offering to her almost with diffidence, Aubrey was kind of neutral. He & E.G. & I went to a sort of little informal evening meeting at a Friend’s house in the neighbourhood then, & the conversion argument was continued most of the way. When A. & I came back we found Mrs Harding & her little Mrs Glynn was there, & walked home with me, talking of the suppression of the Sinn Fein papers.”

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WEEK 97: (15th – 21st September 1919)

“Nina had a row with her maid, who is a sour, disagreeable middle aged woman with asthma, not much use. It upset Nina very much & I had to do a lot of sympathizing, which I am not specially good at – I shd try to be better. We spent the afternoon at Annegrove, which is unchanged except that the see saw is gone & Carry is there instead of Susabel. The latter is rather an improvement. Ada Pim is as nice as ever, & there was a black pug called Dingo, & 4 lovely little black retriever puppies.”

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WEEK 96: (8th – 14th September 1919)

“Miss Bowman’s haunted house was at Braybrooke, near Market Harborough, north heights. It was belonging to the Board School, & every schoolmistress lived in it rent free. The first noises were like slates & books thrown against wall & falling in pieces on table, then people were heard walking about especially in kitchen – in broad daylight, in the room where she sat. Others heard it with her.”

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WEEK 95: (1st – 7th September 1919)

“There was a S.P.C.A. committee in the afternoon. Uncle E. & Mr Robinson are both resigning. I think Sir James Power wd make a good president. Tom etc went to Woodstown in the motor in the evening, to clear up after the Bannans, and took Aunt Isabella. I went over to St Declan’s after tea to stay a while. They came back at 8, in time for D. to put Louis to bed. That evening there was a lot of talk & facetious reminiscences about flirting & falling in love; I don’t know why sex attraction should always be trusted as a comic subject of the “nuff said” & then laugh sort, nor why Tony should talk as if he was the greatest flirt in the world when he is nothing of the sort.”

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WEEK 94: (25th – 31st August 1919)

“Very wet morning. B. showed me nice photos of her brother Mike & his family. How superior he looks to the 2 English brothers in law. She was telling me about the farce she wrote about Cats when she was at the Ursuline, it sounded very good in parts. It cleared in the afternoon & she took one over the castle which was rather interesting, but the only thing of any importance known about it seems to be that it belonged to the Ormonds & Black Thomas Butler lived there. Then we visited a china shop kept by a Mrs Hinkson whom B. knows in Cumann na mBan, & I bought 2 nice plates for 6′”

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WEEK 93: (18th – 24th August 1919)

“We got home by about 9.30, rather cold by that time, Brighid & I went to tea to the Murphy’s & sat discussing people & politics round the table till after 11. Mrs M. upheld De Valera & Griffith as statesmen, & I exalted Mrs SD above them, & complained of caucassing, which they seemed to consider necessary in anythin plans that must be kept secret. Mrs Murphy abused women as being unable to keep from letting things out, & Dr M. thought men were worse – they do it for money.”

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WEEK 92: (11th – 17th August 1919)

“It was a lovely warm evening, & a lovely place, & lovely roads all round. Harry took me for a walk a.t., into Golden Grove by the back way past the turnip fields, & talked about the religion, beginning “Freddy tells me that Dorothea is inclined to be a Buddhist.” He despises Buddhism because he never heard of eminent Buddhists & he gave me an interesting account of the day of judgement & the answers Jehovah will make to critics. He has the most personal, human idea of him of any one I ever heard talk outside a Catholic church. He admitted the apparent truth of some things I said.”

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WEEK 91: (4th – 10th August 1919)

“This was the day Mrs Sheehy-Skeffington got knocked on the head by a policeman with the butt of a rifle […] because she wd not refrain from speaking at their order. She got concussion of the brain & septic poisoning afterwards, & was very ill. The word policeman was not allowed to be mentioned in any Irish paper describing the occurrence, so their descriptions were practically non-existent. We all worked hard from breakfast till 11, which was not so long as it looks on paper, & then held meeting in the dining room for an hour in perfect silence”

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WEEK 89: (21st – 27th July 1919)

“Hanbury was civil & quiet & didn’t say much. When we were going home he asked me was I was Socialist & when I said I didn’t know what I was since reading Three Roads to Freedom he said wasn’t it a splendid book. Paine came up thro’ Mr W. saying he had read his Rights of Man but couldn’t see what basis there was to the idea of national right unless it is allowed to come from God. Katie as usual took little part.”

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