Donnerst, 16th (January 1919)

Just returned from a performance of Faust, remarkable for the magnificence of its scenery and setting.  The magic scene (a la Venusberg) was a revelation in stagecraft.  Mephistopheles was taken by one Frederic Schorr – splendid voice.

Having fasted since lunch, I have just toasted half a rissole and two small crusts, rescued from breakfast, which, washed down by half a cup of cold tea, have restored my pristine and titanic energies.  I refuse to go to bed – I don’t want to make my bunk – “I tell ye I’ll not clane our me cell!  I’ll lave the goal first!”  I shall read “New Zealand at the Front” and continue smoking.

nlnzimage 1-2 012980-g nz solders reading nz at the front, 20 nov 1917

[Image: A group of soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade, enjoy the joke of reading a copy of the publication ‘New Zealand at the Front’ while seated on a captured German anti-tank gun. Photo taken at ‘Clapham Junction’ a muddy part of the battlefield in Belgium on 20 November 1917 by Henry Armytage Sanders. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Ref: 1/2-012980-G]

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