The whole day I have not lifted a finger. I regret the wasted time, but I have no energy for any work.
Italian defeat is turning into a catastrophe. The same thing that had happened to us, now happened to them: propaganda damaged the discipline, and some units fled, letting the enemy pass. Our only hope now is England, France, and the USA.
Esel has been taken; the Germans are preparing to move across to the mainland; the relocation of Petrograd to Moscow is becoming ever more likely and imminent, as anarchy grows ever more widespread; there’s a strike underway in Moscow’s hospitals, and at in the University Catherine Hospital, Professor Popov was carried out in a wheelbarrow. See more
Tables were ordered for the catalogue in the museum; the cabinetmaker messed up and made them a little narrower than necessary; trying to correct his mistake, he made the index card boxes a little narrower as well, without paying due attention to the cards themselves – improvisation truly becoming of an ape. In connection with the German communique about mine trawling around Ösel, I recall that the “chief” of naval counterintelligence assured us that the Germans couldn’t find our mines (!). My spirits are low – lower than they’ve been for a long while.
The Democratic Conference is undeniably and irreversibly drowning in words. Things are getting worse and worse everywhere. Today, I saw a brilliant image of Mr. Kerensky wearing an imperial crown—Kerensky was on a greeting card, and the crown had been drawn in by hand. See more
Our latest faculty meeting was the first to include the docents. Toward the end of the meeting, we (that is, the older members of the faculty) remained alone—a faculty meeting, it seems, is not an enjoyable thing. I received a residency position, and today, everyone congratulated me in the usual fashion. I heard a story from the Kokoshkin family in Kokoshkin’s words, since he was a witness, about how Kerensky commanded that Kornilov’s forces move toward Petrograd and took back that order the very next day. That story says it all.
Haven’t received any news today, any opinions, other than that the Democratic Conference has opened with a Socialist Revolutionary hitting a Bolshevik in the face. In the evening there was a tenant meeting to elect the house committee - I almost became Chair, but, thankfully, didn’t.
The “Provisional Government” has discontinued classes in all institutions of higher education in both capitals, i.e. in 75% of Russia’s institutions of higher education. Perhaps this is because “student housing” canceled these classes? See more
In any case, this order is unquestionably bizarre and absurd, especially with regards to Moscow.