Fine but rather cold. Hares are mating. Saw sparrow-hawks courting in the air. Sowed carrots (short-horn) & parsnips, 1 row each. Can sow peas tomorrow.

16 eggs.

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3 Responses to 9.4.40

  1. Stephen says:

    I detecta strong subliminal theme. Birds do it, bees do it, even the hares and the carrots and the peas are doing it…
    Where is Eileen anyway?

  2. Stephen says:

    Short-horn carrots, at that.

  3. Now that Inside the Whale is a done deal, Orwell is marking time until the right moment arrives. [I am guessing that Eileen is still in London and I am assuming she is preparing for his arrival, maybe looking for a flat or…..]

    I thought I would take a peek forward in time to his next essay (February ’41), The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius. It begins with this sentence:

    As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.

    I’m going to have to read the rest of it. I could rely on Wikipedia’s short description of the opinions Orwell expressed in the essay, but I would rather form my own opinion of his opinions. I’ll try to keep them to myself. That’s quite a sentence, though…..

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