Today the Tsesarevich told me: “Father gave us an exam. He remained very unhappy and said: “What did you learn?”" The young girls offered their services as teachers, and the crowned parents followed their example. The Emperor took upon himself the task of teaching history and geography, the Empress - God’s law and German, Iza - English, Nastenka - the history of art and music.
This is very good, as it engages them and brings a cultural stream into their democratised way of life. This was even noticed by one of the junior officers, who alternately guard the Emperor. He believes that they have just come down from the pedestal, and the Sovereign will gradually get used to his present way of life, if only his habits, his walks, tea at five o’clock in the evening and other meals will be allowed to him.
I would like to say to everyone suffering the cruel torments of current conditions, to everyone who feels downhearted, I would like to say that even in these days, days which threaten to spell the end of Russia, the country’s intellectual life has not faded away, nor has it simply come to a standstill. On the contrary, it is continuing to develop energetically on all sides.
Vera told me what you said, and I felt bad for the both of us. I dreamt about you the other day. You were much bigger than you are now, with short hair like a boy, in a dirty dress and a dirty apron. But your face was very similar. You ran into the room and stopped when you saw me. See more
It's raining. The fog. The cold. There is an incredible hole here, full of simply ridiculous things. Servant strikes. Cowardly but thieving homeowners. And also some kind of 'soldier's soviet'. The schoolchildren are sweet. Only they look brightly ahead.
The political situation is getting worse every day, instead of clearing up. I think that if the submarine war does not prove its effectiveness by September, Germany will get rid of its illusions, with frightening consequences. I’m too grumpy to work.
The forces of anarchy are swelling and raging with the uncontrollable force of an equinoctial tide.
All discipline has vanished in the army. Officers are everywhere being insulted, ragged and---if they object---massacred. It is calculated that more than 1,200,000 deserters are wandering over Russia, filling the stations, storming the carriages, stopping the trains, and thus paralysing all the military and civil transport services. See more
"A battle royal is being fought between Kerensky and Miliukoff on the famous formula, ' Peace without annexations,' and as the majority of the Ministers are on Kerensky 's side, I should not be surprised if Miliukoff has to go. He would be a loss in many ways, as he represents the moderate element in the Cabinet and is quite sound on the subject of the war, but he has so little influence with his colleagues that one never knows whether he will be able to give effect to what he says. See more
Involuntarily I recalled that it was the holiday of the 1st and 2nd Infantry RegimentsThe Feast of the 1st and 2nd Rifle Regiments was celebrated on April 30 according to a new style, on the day of the Monks Zosima and Savvatiy Solovetsky.; but human eyes and trumpets did not announce this day today through the walls of the large palace. During the morning I thought about this. From 12 o'clock until dinner I gave Alexis geography lessons, took a walk and worked with Tatiana. The weather was clear and fine. The evening went as yesterday.