It was a hot, clear day. I took a long walk in the morning. I gave Alexis a geography lesson. Alix remained home. We chopped down and sawed up trees in the same place as before. We knocked over a large fir tree near the small path. I took a refreshing bath until tea time. We walked before dinner. See more
During the evening I began to read aloud the 5th, part of Le comte de Monte Christo. Benckendorf, Valya [Dologrukov] and both maids of honor received information about their release from service.
What can one say about all that? The dust rose to the very sky and you can not see anything. So far, we have stayed out of the global scramble. Perhaps, we will manage that.
In three weeks André Gide will come to see you. Strong artistic and financial support is expected. Rubinstein will write to you. Answer her.
Often, sitting for the first time with a person, amid an indifferent conversation, an insane idea comes up: "What if I kiss him now?!" - Erotic obsession? - - No. The same, should be, feels the player before the bet. - Will I put it or not? Will I put it or not? - With the difference that real players are betting.
Apraksina visited for breakfast, staying with me until tea. I was going to show her canaries but, unfortunately, some bandits had broken the lock and 60 birds disappeared without a trace - this vile rabble gone wild.