“We were kept awake last night by New Year Bells. At first I thought they were ringing for a victory"by Ian Irvine / January 1, 2017 / Leave a comment
1st January 1924
Arnold Bennett writes in his journal:
“Chelsea Arts Club Fancy Dress Ball [at the Royal Albert Hall]. Seemed to be fairly well organised on the whole, though it was impossible to get supper without standing in a crush on the stairs for a very long time. The supper was free. The light refreshments downstairs were not free. Still, one got them. All boxes occupied. 3 to 4 thousand people, I should think. Beauty of building. Commonness and poverty of most of the costumes. I was disappointed too in the female beauty. Orchestra goodish. Procession and stunts rather poor. Fantastic noises. Some drunks. I saw few friends or acquaintances. On the whole a mediocre show. I was glad to get away (1.20am). My chauffeur seemed to me to be a much superior person to most of the revellers. In fact it struck me as being somewhat under-civilized, below the standard set by ordinary standards of style, and rather studio-ish.”
1st January 1902
Alma Mahler, wife of the composer Gustav Mahler, writes in her journal:
“What I have to write today is terribly sad. I called on Gustav in the afternoon. We were alone in his room. He gave me his body & I let him touch me with his hand. Stiff and upright stood his vigour. He carried me to the sofa, laid me down gently and swung himself over me. Then—just as I felt him penetrate, he lost all strength. He laid his head on my breast, shattered—and almost wept for shame. Distraught as I was, I comforted him.
“We drove home, dismayed and dejected. He grew a little more cheerful. Then I broke down, had to weep, weep on his breast. What if he were to lose—that! My poor, poor, husband!
“I can scarcely say how irritating it all was. First his intimate caresses, so close —and then no satisfaction. Words cannot express what I today have undeservedly suffered, and then to observe his torment—his unbelievable torment! My beloved!”
1st January, 1915
Virginia Woolf writes in her diary:
“We were kept awake last night by New Year Bells. At first I thought they were ringing for a victory.”
1st January, 1862
Edmond and Charles Goncourt write in their journal:
“New Year’s Day is All Souls’ Day for us. Our hearts grow chill and turn towards those…