Jan. 2. A beautiful day. Audrea somewhat better. Edith + Clarence both have a headache so are going to ride. Ruth came down about four o’clock. Stayed to dinner. Clarence + Edith drove her home about ten minutes past eight. Amozelle did not ask them in after Edith getting out of the car + stepping into the vestibule said it was so late that of course they did not want to go in so they turned about + came back. Audrea better. Read some of Fair Harbor + went to bed.
Notes + Explanations:
I love that Edith and Clarence are going for a car ride to clear their head aches. “Going to ride” would have been quite a luxury in 1927. The family would have to be pretty affluent to be able to afford a car.
Ruth is one of Clarence’s cousins, and I’m not sure where she is coming “down” from, but she would have been living with her Aunt Amozelle after the death of her own mother. Clearly Annie found Amozelle’s lack of invitation to Edith quite rude. As more info about them comes up, I’ll add it to the page “The Lester Cousins“.
Fair Harbor is a 1922 novel by Joseph Crosby Lincoln, a Boston area author who often wrote about a fictionalized Cape Cod. I can’t seem to find a summary on the book – only the full text – but let me know if you happen to make it past page 2 and can sum it up without snoring.
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