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Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Subject:Philippe and the Opera.
Time:7:51 pm.
Philippe is quite upset with me now, I can tell. He hardly said a word at dinner, which either means he's busy thinking of La Sorelli, or he's upset with me. Since he was scowling, I hardly think it's the former.

Perhaps I should tell him where I've been going, but somehow I just can't bring myself to do it. Maybe it would ruin the...I don't know, the "magic" of sneaking off on my own. I have been going to the Paris Opera House. It's really a facinating place. It would probably take me months to explore it all. M. Richard and M. Moncharmin have been quite gracious about letting me roam about.

To be honest, I sometimes hope that I'll see Christine there. I want to see her so badly, and see if she even remembers me, but I don't want to be to forward about it. I suppose time will tell how things turn out.
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Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Subject:Fighting the ennui.
Time:11:29 pm.
My brother often complains about my tendency to disappear, but lately it seems that he is the one doing it. I, on the other hand, have to make up excuses to myself to get out of the house. That is one lovely thing about the navy. You rarely have time to get bored.

Today it is still raining, which makes excuses even more difficult to come up with. However, I'd rather not stay cooped up when I can enjoy the open air. I get enough of indoors on a ship. Finally I went to a cafe about six blocks away from the house and sat there for five hours, drinking coffee and reading. Philippe doesn't know it yet, but I pilfered his copy of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It's really quite an intriguing book. I can't help it, but I feel very sorry for poor Quasimodo. To be born so ugly that your mother didn't want you, to be ostracized by society because they fear you, to be in love with a woman who is so in love with another...I can hardly imagine what it must be like.
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Monday, February 14th, 2005

Subject:I'm not very used to this.
Time:8:40 pm.
Well, so much for my faithful keeping of a diary. Already it appears I'm not doing a very good job. Philippe, of course, is doing quite well with his. I saw him sitting in his study a little while ago, drinking some brany and writing.

I wonder if he'll tell me where he was today. He left after breakfast and didn't return until late this afternoon. When I asked where he had gone, he said "Gone to make a fool of myself, I suppose. Ah, but the deed is done, and only time will tell." I don't know what he meant by all that though. I suppose it may have something to do with a girl, after all, it is St. Valentine's Day.

I thought about sending some flowers to Christine today, but I didn't. I don't think she knows I'm back, and Philippe seems to be ignoring my suggestions of attending a performance. I don't want to write to Christine until I get a chance to see her in person. I wonder if she remembers all the fun we had together all those years ago.
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Friday, February 11th, 2005

Subject:Beginning my diary.
Time:12:43 pm.
Philippe told me that he has recently begun keeping a diary of his thoughts. I asked him why, and he said, "Because someday, after I'm dead, someone may try make up stories about me to explain things about me they don't understand. However, if I leave behind my thoughts, I leave behind a way for them to understand who I really was. Then they won't have to make up so many stories." Philippe was very eloquent in the way he said all this, but I don't think it was from frustration at my ignorance, like it sometimes is. I think this "keeping of thoughts" is something very important to him. Therefore, I have resolved to try and follow his example. If there is any man who I want to be like, I think it is my brother.

Hopefully I can be faithful to this diary for these six months I have in Paris. Then by the time I depart on the Requin for the Arctic Circle, I'll be quite in the habit and can record my expedition. I am rather excited about it, but it will be difficult to leave Paris, and especially Christine. I've just recently found that she is working at the Opera Populaire, singing in the chorus. I don't know if she even realizes I'm back here, but I'm going to try to convince Philippe to take me backstage with him next time we go to a performance. Perhaps then I'll have a chance to see my Little Lotte again.
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