Raw, chilly, thick mist most of the day.
Strange that there’s been no mention of the war for some weeks. It have must been constantly in everyone’s thoughts and the main topic of conversation at that time.
I am convinced this diary – or the life it’s about – is his escape from reality. He must be enormously frustrated on days when he can’t get any manual labor in.
Also, this is writing he does for free — he must be spending a lot of time on his writing-for-sale.
I’m constantly surprised at how the weather in the diaries seems to match currant UK weather almost to the day.
Yes, hence my incessant references to Inside the Whale. I consider the concept to be a perspective that may very well define the very essence of Objectivity.
Today is Monday and two IRA activists, Barnes and Richards, are sentenced to death for the murder of 5 people in Coventry on August 25, 1939 at the end of the Coventry Explosion trial.
And then there is the oppression by the dense atmosphere outside the door, pressing on every square inch of his dwelling and blocking all visibility. I wonder if, during such an interlude, he considered that once one finds oneself Inside the Whale that one might find oneself on the outside as a result? [This is not to suggest that Objectivity is non-transferable between locales.]
Orwell wrote a letter to Leonard Moore on 8 Dec. to say that he had just finished Inside the Whale.
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