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© Rob McGibbon, 2013

5th February

feel very gay waking up! have been looking forward to to-day for so long. late for premier dejeuner, so have it alone + eat heaps of bread + jam, quite enjoyed it! Lily awfully good! calls for me at 9.30. start off to have a ripping day. go with her to confession then for walk along Champs Elysées, home + read whilst Lily practises. have a lovely dejeuner laugh until feet quite ill, start out shopping 1.30 go to Lafayettes, walk back along Champs Elysées, crowds of people out all dressed in their best! have tea in Miss Frith’s room, heaps of lovely cakes! play piano + sing till dinner. feel rotten now, the days gone! Lily feels same. start for school 8’oclock. arrive 8.30, not late, say goodbye till Sunday, have had a lovely day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6th February

Don’t feel so gay to-day, had such a lovely time yesterday! no letter from home. I did expect one, go through usual day, shall be delighted when to-night comes. reading a lovely book but must not dr read too much english now. Am doing some sort of leather work in the drawing class, it is quite pretty! shall do some more when I get home (Oh! joyful word!) mend gloves + talk till 8 oclock, go to bed with greatest pleasure! at that hour.

7th February

had awful nightmare, but do not mind because it is Saturday which means the end of another week! 8 weeks to-day we go home + 14 days to-day is the short one [?]: Oh! I am longing for it, there is to be a wonderful cani carnival in Paris, everyone turns out for it! have had a letter from Mr Abrahams to-day, was very pleased to receive it, hurrah! Father MacCarthy came to see me, talked to him for an hour + three quarters, have had a really nice day to-day! + Sunday tomorrow, like the prospect immensely, Lily + I must enjoy ourselves extra specially, do fancy work in evening retire 8.15pm.

8th February

get up 7-15. fel feel awful this morning, go to mass, + then for long walk, return + read. Lily comes at 2 o’clock, she feels rotten too, we make a bright pair. go to cinema in Boulevard St Michel, but feel too depressed to enjoy it much, come out 5 o’clock, near school so return early, Lily goes home to bed! neither of us had a very lively day, never mind, its one more gone! 54 more.!!!!!!!!!!!!

9th February

get up usual time, usually feel possitively wretched Mondays, but to-day, I feel quite bright for a change, nothing special happens, have a long talk to Mlle Giomar in the chicken-run, she is very nice indeed + speaks english beautifully, I am in her dormitory. am not sorry when the days gone although have felt brighter than usual, in the evening do fancy work + talk after dinner, usual thing, never alters + is getting a bit boring now, to-morrow I get a letter from Mums, hurrah.

10th February

wake up with a rotten cold, cough + head-ache, go to music lesson but feel to bad to play, so go + lie down in the infirmery, have some hot tea, feeling a bit better, go for a walk with girls think I saw Mrs Keille [?] am not sure, in afternoon feel rotten again, but have heaps of letters + they cheer me up, lovely ones from home, answer them + ask if I can go to bed early as head aches so, find out that I can so do so, have hot grog + all kinds of poultices then settle for night, though dont feel like sleeping at all!!!

11th February

had a fairly good night, feel a bit better this morning, don’t get up till 8 o’clock, talk to Mlle whilst I am dressing she is nice, she always cheers me up, last night she gave me a tangerine to eat in bed. practise + study till déjeuner, go upstairs to watch gyms instead of going out in the chicken-run! never seen such funny gyms in my life! no wonder the girls are short + stumpy! had a ripping letter from Norah [?] with heaps of home news! ah! it makes me long to be there!! never mind, to-morrows Thursday. go to painting in afternoon but head aches so, so stop at 3 o’clock at and sit in Salle d’etude reading + talking to american girl, same sort of evening do fancy work, am not to get up till 8 again in the morning, have a good night, bar waking up once or twice, always feel more cheery when am going out the next day!! + its the carnival in a weeks time nearly, so must buck up a bit!!!!!

12th February

A precious Thursday is circled because it meant a day out with Lily. But Olive’s diary falls silent…

13th February

Olive’s condition worsens and she is moved from her “petit dortoire” to the school’s infirmary.

Oblivious to his daughter’s illness, Thomas Higgins continues to oversee extensive renovation works at The Hydro Hotel, which has been closed since early January.