My beautiful Chifu died last night. What grief! Both my Cossaks were very compassionate, they brought her to me in a basket. We buried my beautiful Chifu after tea.
I haven’t been outside - it was too hot, I spent my day reading. My mood is getting more and more gloomy and melancholic. Thankfully, there is some good news from the front, a lot of people have been captured, and many guns taken.
At four in the afternoon I came downstairs to join Olga, there was tea waiting for me and other delicacies.
We expected that a son would be born, but the birth of a fourth girl did not, to any extent, reduce the love of her relatives to her. She was not even a year old, but she already managerd to win universal affection with her amusing manners, her cheerful character and a sonorous laugh. She really is a Shwybzick. At thirteen, Anastasia began to get fat, despite the fact that she moved a lot. In addition, she was much shorter than her sisters. See more
Quite unexpectedly for me, the girl lost all interest in studying. Teachers defined this as laziness. But I’m not so sure. It seems to me that the books themselves did not represent anything special to her. She really wanted to face real life. I know that many things concerned her and she could not stand the escort of Cossacks who always accompanied them during their walks. She did not like many other things, but all of these did not overshadow her fun. This is exactly how I remembered her - overflowing with energy, playful, always laughing with her ringing laughter - sometimes for no apparent reason - and still this is the best kind of laughter. She has a heart of gold
There was such glitter and such splendour, but everything seemed false and laboured. Aliki was quite worn out and almost fainted during the ball. As I looked at all the festive illuminations, and attended one ball after another I had the strange feeling that, although we were celebrating in the same way as we had for centuries, some new and terrible circumstances were appearing around us, due to forces beyond our control.