Brittain, Vera, Diary, 25-26 December 1914

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Diary of Vera Brittain

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Case Study: 
From Youth to Experience: Vera Brittain’s Work for Peace in Two World Wars
Creator: 
Brittain, Vera
Source: 
diary
Date: 
25-26 December 1914
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Vera Brittain estate; McMaster University has a non-exclusive licence to publish this document.

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Language: 
eng
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Edward in khaki however enlivened the scene somewhat. He was the only solider at Burky’s early service this morning, & almost the only young man, except that Bertram Spafford, who looked quite out of it in civilian clothes. The service at St John’s at 11.0 was so long & boring I thought I shall never sit through it. We had the inevitable sermon dwell on the obvious incongruity of celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace while the world was at war.
Above all in my presents Daddy gave me a cheque for £50 which is really for my 21st birthday & will go a long way towards furnishing my room well & providing me with some much-needed new clothes.
Sat. Dec 26th
Two of my 21st birthday presents arrived to-day, & I could not resist opening them. One was a very nice purple purse-bag from Aunt Edith, & the other a lovely parcel of books – four vols. of the Cambridge History of Literature – from Miss Heath Jones & Miss Bervon. Roland sent me a beautiful French hand-painted card, & wrote in French inside it. He is certainly more than a little extravagant, but he does spend his money on beautiful things, having a trustworthy taste, which is vastly better than spending it on the kind of dissipations a good many young men do.
We had a small newspaper to-day inspite of its being Boxing Day. A German aeroplane has tried to make a raid on London but was sighted too soon, & got no further than the Thames. It dropped a bomb in Dover which fell into the middle of a clergyman’s cabbage-patch & did no harm beyond blowing a gardener out of a tree. One of our aeroplanes chased the German but though the paper says it was hit it managed to escape. ....