I can’t bear to look at another deck of cards again, and yet I can’t tear myself away from them! The situation is hopeless. But you shouldn’t think that I spend all my time at solitaire; sometimes I knit scarves. I’ve even finished one.
When I finally collapse, many numskulls will be frightfully shocked to learn of how great a capacity I had for work. This, probably, is my best quality; at the very least it is the only one of them that is remotely good.
In the evening a big group of us went to a picture show and we were punished for such self-indulgence; the film was awful.
The boy has fallen ill - a new worry for the Empress! The weather is very good these days. I’ll take a carriage for some fresh air.
Buried myself in magazines again. At 2.30 went for a walk with Father. Six degrees of frost. Aleksey is still bedridden. He feels very poorly. At 6 I went to see Anna, and until 7.45 we sat very comfortably by the fire. Mother is very tired.
PETROGRAD, Feb. 11 (via London). Eleven members of the workmen’s group of the Central Military and Industrial Committee of Petrograd have been arrested, charged with belonging to revolutionary parties and fomenting a labor movement with the ultimate aim of transforming Russia into a Social Democratic republic. This official announcement was made today.