A Lady's Diary During the Siege of Lucknow

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Page 60 - ... and threw himself once more into his armchair. "You're wondering," he said to Father Murchison. "So am I. I don't know at all what to make of it. I'll just tell you the facts and you must tell me what you think of them. The night before last, after a day of hard work — but no harder than usual — I went to the front door to get a breath of air. You know I often do that.
Page 110 - ... shuttered against the sun. Where now there was only ravaged mud, like a field ploughed by a giant, there had once been formal gardens— at this time of year beginning to live again with flowers. But Mrs Germon did not think that recalling past days made either herself or her husband discontented, 'only thankful that our lives had been so mercifully preserved through such awful scenes'.
Page 102 - ... with bullets and roundshot, the verandah was down, and large pieces of masonry were lying about. Even the centre room, occupied by her husband, had great holes in the walls. She was taken up on the roof, the enemy now being 'too far off to be dangerous',4 and could hardly tell which were the houses occupied by the enemy and which by us— 'there was merely a bamboo stockade between us, and the marvel is they never got in'.5 She could only be thankful that her husband had been preserved— almost...
Page 73 - Dashwood, who is expecting her confinement, had a fainting fit - a nice commotion in addition to a sharp attack with heavy firing from some of the guns close to us. A nine-pounder shot came into Mrs Clarke's room and just as we were talking of coming up to sleep again in the dining room...
Page 71 - A tine young man was shot to-day, at the 9-pounder, in our garden; he was shot through the lungs—he has left a wife and four children. Charlie came for his half-hour's visit, my only gleam of sunshine in the gloomy day.
Page 109 - After dinner, Charlie came for me, as we were to spend the rest of the day together. I carried over a cup and saucer, teaspoon and wineglass, the subadar's coat, and a book I had borrowed for Charlie.
Page 60 - While doing it a six pound shot came through the verandah above, broke down some plates and bricks and fell at our feet. Mrs Boileau and some children had a very narrow escape - they were sitting in the verandah at the time but no one was hurt. I then rushed at the bheestie...
Page 110 - I don't think it made either of us discontented—only thankful that our lives had been so mercifully preserved through such awful scenes! No one can see the battered condition of Charlie's house —an outpost—without feeling that he has been almost miraculously preserved.
Page 17 - Our party here is a very agreeable one. We meet at chota hazree, and, after dressing, breakfas't at 10.
Page 132 - There were 1,000 sick carried in dhoolies, and467women and children, in any kind of conveyance that could be got for them...

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