19 Boulter Street,
30. 1. 21.
My dearest Mother,
Many thanks for your letter and parcel and the money, which arrived quite safely on Friday, and was waiting for me when I came in from school.
My days are still very strenuous. Miss Pocock is most awfully nice to work under, and has made Milham Ford quite a different place for me. She is most efficient – interesting to observe teaching, insists on my preparing my lessons properly, and criticises most helpfully after each one. So I really feel I am finding my way about the gentle art of teaching. Still I shall be quite glad when the month is over, and I can get a little time to myself. I have been frightfully tired until the end of this week, when I began to get out a bit, and so feel and look better.
Yesterday I rowed for the first time this term. Quite a nice gig, in spite of the wind and an irregular stroke.
The D’Oyley Carte have been here this week. On Wednesday we went to “Patience” – awfully nice party, including Arthur and little Dr Cooke, your friend, with Doris as chaperone.
Last night we had another jolly party for the “Gondoliers” – queue this time – we three, Arthur and Dr Cooke, the latter’s cousin, and another Queen’s man named Bradbrooke, whom Arthur knew in the R.F.C1. This morning Joyce, Arthur and I and the said Mr Bradbrooke had a topping byke ride in the rain, and found some primroses.
Last Sunday I went to tea with the Moores, after writing to you. Miss Moore was at home. She is an awfully nice woman, and we had a very interesting talk. She is at present in command of a school for convalescent cripple children in Worcs., run by the Birmingham authorities. They live in the open air, as they are mainly tuberculosis cases, but the staff have a lovely house, well fitted up and well furnished. Altogether an interesting evening! Hugh, by the way, has got married!
My dearest love to Daddie and Max – tell him to buck up with Thucydides and all his works. We have lately been considering the merits and demerits of a Classical education. Take care of your dear self,
Your loving daughter,
1RFC: Rugby Football Club.
Next letter to be posted on 6 February 2018.