While we were away, a court of inquiry visited regarding a complaint from Irina’s family: my mother- and father-in-law reported thefts that happened during the house-check in May. Everyone in the house was questioned separately. The Empress’ turn came. At the end of the interrogation they suggested she signs it “the former Empress”. She signed “Widow of Alexander III”.
Today, as I lay sleepless in bed, I began thinking that even after death, it must be extremely unpleasant to be shut up in a coffin and buried underground. But to be cremated is also a pity—it is extremely stupid to sit there in a jar all day as a bunch of ashes. I decided to will my skeleton to a museum to be displayed there under glass. At my feet, there will be a placard that says, “My friends, I am so pleased you are here.”
A republic is simply youth, always youth, and it is limited by youth alone. It can be preserved only so long as it remains (almost physiologically) innocent, clean, fresh, and noble. As soon as these moral qualities disappear from a republic, it turns into a monarchy without fail, whether its republican form remains in place or not. See more
Indeed, those beastly United States are ultimately not a republic but a Trading Company, a union of trading cities and “states” united for reasons of convenience and profit. It does not become a monarchy only because, by some old tradition, it is entirely unable to find in itself even the least bit of “love and loyalty” to a single personality—that is, to the church or a traditional monarch. The States are not even a sovereignty—they are a monstrosity.
I forgot to mention on the 26th. of June that our army broke a new gap and seized 131 officers, 7,000 men and 48 vehicles; among them there were some heavy vehicles. All the children came out in order to collect the cut grass. I took my usual walk. During the day we worked in the same place as yesterday. See more
We cut down and chopped two fir trees. Until dinner, we spent time in the vegetable garden. During the evening I began reading aloud stories about Sherlock Holmes.