Jun 28. 8. 15. a.m. [1943]
# JEAN AT SCHOOL AFTER SICK ABSENCE
# FRENCH REVOLUTION TALE ENJOYED
# POPULAR SONG NOTED FOR SADNESS

Jean just gone to school, she has taken letters to post and a note to Mr Sp[endlove]. She is looking better again. I have been reading “The Story of a Peasant” by Erkman Chatrian translated by C.J. Hogarth from the French. It is the story of the French Revolution from the side of the poor people and is full of facts. It is a very different view from that of the “Scarlet Pimpernel” stories which is I am afraid with a lot of people, the only side they know of it. I wish I could get Vol. 2 of it. In it I read, “He who defends his rights by force is justified, whereas he who attempts to override the rights of others is a criminal.”

I once said that the song “When the lights go on again” was full of the sound of tears. I note in a recent “Listener” that Herbert Farjeon calls it “that curiously sad sounding song”.

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