It has been exactly three months since I came from Moghilev and we have been prisoners. It is difficult to be without news from dear Mama, but as to the others I am indifferent. Today the day was still hotter than hot — 25 degrees in the shade and in the sun 36 degrees. Again there was a strong smell of burning. See more
After our walk I gave Alexis a lesson in history in my new reading room because it was cooler there. We worked well in the place where we were yesterday. Alix did not come out with us. Until dinner time all five of us took a walk.
Two sources of heroism: "There is nothing to lose!" (Worker), "There is nothing to gain!" (Aristocrat).
There is no sugar at all. Beet fields were left unplanted. This scares me more than anything, for I can not live without sweetness.
After the disease Grand Duchesses shaved their heads because their hair fell out heavily; When they went out into the garden, they put on hats made to hide the lack of hair. At the moment when I was going to take pictures of them, they quickly took off their hats on the sign of Olga Nikolaevna. See more
I protested, but they insisted, amused by the thought of seeing their images in this form and waiting for the indignant parents' surprise. Despite all, from time to time their humor again manifests itself; This is the proof of the nexhaustible youth!
It turns out that France has insisted on the abdication of the King of Greece. His second-born son, Alexander, has been declared king. The abdication didn’t happen without a struggle, but it was dignified as well. They departed in an English corvette and are now in Sweden, safe and sound. See more
The situation here is a different story! No other example exists of a dethroned monarch remaining in his capital, subjected to insults and exposed to dangers from the rabble. I think of them ceaselessly.
Recently, the deposed king of Greece, George, was roughed up in Lugano.
If you want me to write music for Shakespeare, it is absolutely necessary that you come here. Strongly refuse to discuss anything in writing. I'm waiting for you.
The corridors of the Tauride Palace and the Cadet Corps resounded with rumours to the effect that certain military units, newly arrived from the front, were ready to place the city under martial law on the orders of the authorities, and to turn their weapons against the workers. See more
Word was, some 20,000 Cossacks had been summoned by Kerensky, with alleged sightings in blue-collar neighbourhoods of Cossack units conducting themselves belligerently. In all likelihood, these rumours originated from Vyborg Side demonstrators striving to drive home the necessity of a resolute protest against the authorities.
The task of culture is to develop and strengthen in the human being a social conscience, social morals, to work through and organize all the abilities, all the talents of the individual. Is this task achievable in times of widespread brutality? The Russian person, upon seeing his old way of life shaken by war and revolution to its very foundations, bellows with all his might for cultural aid. See more
People write on their opinions about the priests, people ask whether there will be changes in immigration law, people ask for stories “about the American government,” about how to cure syphilis, about whether there is a law regarding “the transportation of the wounded to a single gathering point,” people submit “petitions” for onions to be sent to the soldiers in the trenches—they are “very good against scurvy.”
All of these “petitions,” “messages,” and “demands” find no place in the pages of our newspapers, which are all occupied with bile and malicious bickering. Newspaper editors seem to forget that outside the sphere of their influence there remain tens of millions of people whose instinct to struggle for power still lies asleep but whose drive to build new forms of daily life has already awakened.
I saw the most charming A. Mikh. Kollontai. She looked some ten years younger and had become very unassuming and sweet while retaining traces of her former elegance. Held in high affection in Bolshevik circles, she’s ubiquitously renowned as a first-class orator. She addressed me with great cordiality and asked me to send you a warm hello and to tell you that she’d like to see you here soonest. See more
Darling, come and visit.
As I was passing through Petrograd, I casually stopped at the palace of Kshesinskaya. It was interesting, after all, to visit the apartments of the Tsar’s former mistress, which are now occupied by the Bolsheviks, who send panic throughout all of Petrograd. And frankly, I wanted to meet Lenin himself. See more
The Palace’s exterior is magnificent, and beckons the weary traveler. I humbly went into the building. I must admit that building’s insides disappointed me a little: It was obvious, the revolution had only occurred a few days ago, and the furniture was all out of place, as if from the commotion. We had already established order in the Navy for a while now, and, we have been studying for a long time how to maintain cleanliness and discipline. No wonder our Navy is considered the first in comfort and orderliness. Of course, this is a different situation: people arrived from abroad, tired, and there was a revolution, and work flies above your head. It’s famous for where there’s order to the nth degree.