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November 23, 1944

Nov. 23rd

No action – few rumors – Thanksgiving menu – 1 scoop rice, 4 oz thin vegetable gravy, 1 oz radish tops – But, nevertheless, a far better Thanksgiving than last year. Oh how I shall enjoy mother’s dinners again!!

In the last month I have read J. P. Marquand’s “The Late George Apley,” “Wickford Point,” and “H. M. Pulham, Esq.” Excellent, especially the first – I understand John Mason, Nat Clark, Benjamin24 and the others better than I ever did before – More of this later – I want these books in my library – on the same shelf with the New England Poets, Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, Shepard’s25 “Pedlar’s Progress,” van Wyck Brooks’ two books, Satayana’s “The Last Puritan and some others.

You may be surprised by the number of books I have read in the last 23 days, 12 in all – But I work at night, and have to rest during the day – I find also, that with less to eat, my mind is clearer, that I can grasp a writer’s point more easily, analyze more rapidly and explain my


views, describe my feelings more vividly.