St. Hilda’s Hall,
My dear Mother
Many thanks for your parcel, and the letter and note enclosed, and also for the stockings and letter this morning. I am glad that you think it would be all right to correspond with Mr Bower. He wrote me a very interesting letter. He is quite well bred, and interesting, if a little earnest!
I have had a letter from Phyllis also this evening. I am glad that you have been taking her and John Cuthbert out. I hope that you and Mrs Dixon will enjoy “the Mikado”. I feel very envious of you – when I have time to consider the matter at all.
I have had a busy week as usual. On Tuesday Gerry and I went to No 211 Iffley Road to dinner. The lady there is perfectly charming. She is quite young, comparatively speaking, a clergyman’s widow, who boards two of our freshers. On Wednesday at the Historical Society, Mr J.J. Rousseau, an Afrikander, read a paper on the Great Trek, otherwise the first expansion of the Dutch colony into the Orange River region. I didn’t somehow expect S. Africa to have had a history before the Boer War!
On Friday we had a Hallowe’en cocoa party in Isabel’s room. We ate nuts and told ghost stories in the dark.
Yesterday we had a ripping gig – four. Best was pleased to say I rowed well! So I felt bucked. I think I shall be in the Eight when it comes along. Yesterday afternoon I had a very jolly punt load and tea-party – all second years – in honour of Mary Locker who is up here for the week-end.
I hope you will soon get rid of the children. I do think Betty unconscionable!
I hope to dine with Daddie tomorrow night. Please give my love to Max, and best wishes for the toe! I am glad he did well in Greek. Tell him to be first next time.
Your loving daughter,
The next letter will be posted on 8 November 2016.