Well, the Powers that Be have gone—sort of sneaked out quietly. The girls from the High Commissioner’s office came over the day before they left to tell me good-bye. Janet and Annabelle are to go with the High Commissioner’s staff. Helen has chosen to stay with her parents. Elise is to be left behind, since she has only been in the office a few weeks. They had been forbidden to tell anyone that the flight was on—I can’t use that word “hegira,” can I?—But feminine friendships transcend masculine orders, thank Heaven. Rumor has it that the Japanese are negotiating with the Filipinos for the surrender of Manila. In the meantime, the pub business flourishes.

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