During the night and during the day until 3 o'clock the fires the heat and the stuffiness continued. During the morning we took a long walk and had breakfast as before in the children's dining room. During the day we walked in the same place as yesterday. A large thunderstorm came up and the rain was very cold. See more
At 6:30 we went to vespers. During the evening, about 11 o'clock, I heard a gunshot in the garden. Within 15 minutes the officer of the guard asked to enter to explain that one of the sentries fired shots because it appeared to him that someone was signalling with a red lantern from the window of the children's bedroom. Examining the arrangement of the electric lights and the movement of Anastasia's head, who was sitting near the window, one of the guards accompanying him surmised the situation and they left.
The estate is in full bloom. The fields are dressed with flowers, the sun beats down, all the windows at my dacha were opened wide by the caring hand of the landlady. See more
At midday, there were so many bees circling over the flowers that it was simply impossible to walk through the fields. It was with great pleasure that I found myself settled once again in my spacious quarters. I decided to take up Schopenhauer’s seminal work - “The World as Will”, but from the very first page, Schopenhauer scolded me for my ignorance and I forbade myself to read further until I got acquainted with Kant and the “Fourfold Root”. With great enthusiasm, I arranged the scherzo of the Violin Concerto, which turns out is astonishingly clear, and should sound splendid.
New York. The Novoe Vremya prints a big advertisement from an unnamed American corporation which declares that it has assigned $20,000,000 for the purchase of antiques, pictures,porcelain and tapestry. Maxim Gorky has issued a furious protests, describing the plan as “robbery of our national treasures”. See more
He demands a law similar to that in Italy forbidding the export of works of art. Inquire among New York art dealers and collectors developed no clue to the identity of the American concern which is reported to be preparing to spend $20,000, 000 in the purchase of Russian art objects. Dealers generally were skeptical as to the possibility of launching so huge enterprise at this time. In Russian circles it was said that while there was no information on the project, the business in antiques is remarkably developed in Russia, and the dealers there are exceptionally fertile in expedients for stimulating the market for their wares.
A lot of people are turning sour here. They’re frustrated. They want the revolution to be as sweet as candy, and for democracy to follow us, the socialists, in through the door without a hitch.
It was at the house of Lady Juliet Duff; and among the guests was Major Maurice Baring, who had brought with him a Russian in uniform. He talked French in a flowing monologue that suavely swept us all before it; and the things he said had a certain quality characteristic of his nation; a quality which many have tried to define, but which may best be simplified by saying that his nation appears to possess every human talent except common sense. See more
He was an aristocrat, a landed proprietor, an officer in one of the crack regiments of the Czar, a man altogether of the old regime. But there was something about him that is the making of every Bolshevist; something I have felt in every Russian I ever met. I can only say that when he walked out of the door, one felt he might just as well have walked out of the window. He was not a Communist; but he was a Utopian; and his Utopia was far, far madder than any Communism. His practical proposal was that poets alone should be allowed to rule the world. He was himself, as he gravely explained, a poet. But he was so courteous and complimentary as to select me, as being also a poet, to be the absolute and autocratic governor of England. D'Annunzio was similarly enthroned to govern Italy. Anatole France was enthroned to govern France.
An officer who came from Kiev reports that there is a real civil war there, the Ukrainians are self-reliant and fierce, or rather, “self-determined”; they manifest together and they shoot… Kerensky is coming here in a few days. We’re readying ourselves for the onslaught of noise, the shouting, the announcements, and as usual, this onslaught will not be unexpected for the Germans! See more
They will treat us with an antidote, from which we will not recover.
Geslersovsky Lane. A crowd. Some officer explains something to the crowd. An unpleasant subject in a cap listens rather angrily. There is so much anger and vileness in his face that looking at him, you suddenly realise how insulting it is to consider Christ a member of mankind.