Yesterday one egg. Fine sunset, with green sky.

The nasturtiums & marigolds well up.

Inside terribly bad in the night.

Fairly warm. On silver poplar tree found puss-moth caterpillar about 1” long. Found shell of dead tortoise. Some time in life it had had some kind of injury which had crushed in a portion of the shell, forming a dent, & had set & grown in that position.

The half-starved donkey which I think was bought recently by M. Simont has discovered that the goats are given barley & comes across to rob them of it.

The pool where I saw the wild duck has already largely dried up.

One egg today.

The barley about to end. There was about 20-25lbs, & it has lasted 3 weeks, ie. each goat gets about 1/2 lb. a day.

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18 Responses to 3.11.38

  1. James Russell says:

    “Inside terribly bad in the night.”

    I’m getting more convinced by the digestion theory on this coded message by each entry.

  2. George~~

    Please! I must know! What was so “terribly bad in the night” there at Villa Simont?

    Don’t make an omelet, bake a cake.

    Please, ask M. Simont the purpose he had in mind for the half-starved, thieving donkey he purchased.

  3. I think he’s referring to the heat being “terribly bad in the night,” but have a sneaking desire to believe he means he and his lady are not above some naughtiness.

  4. Natalie says:

    Puss moth? Gross!

    I’m amazed how our lad never tires of this one egg diet.

  5. George would never bogart that egg, my friend.

    Gordon Comstock—in his disheveled room, lighted by a 0.500 inch (1.270 cm) candle-stub—would fixatedly center that egg amidst the papers upon his worktable and obsessively despair of its meaning for hours and hours; finally feeding it to the flying aspidistra.

  6. Jeremy says:

    Nothing whatsoever gross about that. Or were you thinking of something else, Natalie?

  7. Roving Thundercloud says:

    The tags at the end of these entries baffle me. Presumably I could click on “donkey” and have access to other blog entries with that word, but so what? A blog talking about Democrats or steam engines might share the same tag.

    Now we have reached a new high in low with the tag “dead tortoise”. Even if this non-system of tagging were some poor substitute for cataloging, the inclusion of the adjective is completely inappropriate.

  8. itwasntme says:

    “Inside terribly bad in the night.”

    Heat of the room? Spat with the wife? Stomach ache? Mental anguish?

    Too much Haiku, George.
    You know what it means, but won’t
    be telling us today.

  9. Fay Shirley says:

    Think of someone you knew who is about Orwell’s age (in my case my father) how would they have described a very upset stomach? I think that “inside terribly bad” sounds just right.
    In my father’s case, in France, it was caused by the well being too near the loo. Orwell hasn’t described the sanitation in Morocco yet, but I doubt it was much better.

  10. dave says:

    Was their a “first class” spanish “goat” involved???

    RT; I agree with the tags issue,ditto with the “related links”….

    Have I mentioned how much I like “italics”??

  11. Now that I have pondered the metaphysical aspects of today’s post for a few hours, I have come to an astounding conclusion:

    Of course it was a “bad” night—it was below The Standard! Bonus: This eliminates the need to painstakingly and objectively list every “bad” thing in the Universe.

    Or, as is at least feasible in fiction, did Orwell, perhaps, have a couple of mischievous poltergeists stalking him? Were there screams echoing through the rafters? Any bats fluttering?

    Yes. And is the half-starved, thieving donkey avoiding Eye Contact? Is this itinerant, miscreant donkey exuding guilt-vibes!?!

    I haven’t worked up the nerve to click on one of those “tags” or “possibly related…..” hyperlinks. Surrealistic Abstractionist Roulette is not for amateurs and I’ve got enough goin’ on already as it is.

    I really needed a Sketch to go with this post, George—a drawing of the “Bad” Thing.

  12. You’ll all be glad of the dead tortoise tag one day, when you figure out a use for it.

  13. James Russell says:

    I refer the jury to the earlier comment:
    “Inside they are brilliant vermillion.”
    Here Eric/George is referring to the internals of the black beetle. This is the same word and sentence structure as “Inside terribly bad in the night.”, suggesting that they refer to the same concept, i.e. the anatomical inside. Unless he had a glass plate fitted to his abdomen, is it not likely the “inside bad” comments referred to his own digestion, rather than the aesthetics of his organs and intenstines?
    Also please refer to the post of 23.10.38 when he complains about the water, and is looking at getting better supplies, and has even looked at the possibility of bottled water. I rest my case.

  14. CAL says:

    Just checked out the “dead tortoise” tag. Nothing there. I agree that it seems useless to have these. I also agree that the poor guy had an upset stomach, probably not the first if he’s drinking the local water.

  15. The Ridger says:

    Wow. The puss moth is beautiful.

  16. windsor9 says:

    But isn’t it pleasant to think that someone casting about for info on dead tortoises will perhaps come across this the diary.

  17. Natalie says:

    @Jeremy: I guess I just assumed that the puss moth earned its name through some sort of output, like caterpillar we grew up calling the “spit worm.”

  18. Patrick says:

    Take two eggs and call me in the morning.

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