Diary, Nov 5, 1914 to Dec 1915

p. 33 Jan 12th 1915: Started reading “Guinea Gold” by Beatrice Grimshaw.

p. 34 Jan 13th: Finished reading “Guinea Gold” which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

p. 36 Jan 16th: Started reading Marcus Clarke’s ‘For the term of his Natural Life.’

p. 37 Jan 17: I remained in my bunk reading most of the time. I can glance out of the porthole onto a very dismal prospect of huge great white bergs, rough sea and lowering nimbus clouds. It is typical of moody Antarctica.

I finished reading Marcus Clarke’s exquisite books, which impressed me greatly, especially as I have been to various places which he has mentioned in his book.

p. 40 Jan 24th 1915: Extracts we read from “Human Boy” by Phillpotts.

p. 41 Jan 27th: Read “Idols”by Locke.

p. 118 Jul 26th

Nor dim, nor red,
Like God’s own Head,
The glorious sun uprist.
[Quoted by Hurley but no source given.]

p. 170 Oct 29th, 1915, after collapse of Endurance: The dump heap is a heterogeneous collection of dress suits, hats, brushes, combs, portmanteaus, books etc., pleasant though useless refinements of civilization. I even noticed some gold studs, links and sovereigns.

p. 177: Nov. 34d 1915: Rescue my books and the Encyclopaedia Britannica from the chief’s cabin.

p. 184 Nov. 9th—his disposal of 400 negatives to reduce weight.

p. 186 Nov. 10th: Afternoon is spent at individual’s discretion, reading, walking, etc.

p. 201 Dec 5th: Lazy day in tent, reading Encyclopedia on Borneo, Sumatra and Australia. Geographical discussions keep us interestingly absorbed.

p. 205 Dec 12th: Spent spare time reading “Rope Manufacture.” [from EB?]

p. 208 Dec 18th: The day passed more speedily than usual, due to the absorbing interest of Nicholas Nickleby, interspersed with discussions on cotton etc., with Sir Ernest.