I've been riveted by the latest installments in the Orwell Diary blog, in which the Orwell Society posts one diary entry from George Orwell's 1938 journal every day as a blog-post. Since mid-October, the journal entries have been from a rented villa in Marrakech (sic), and Orwell's journals have grown increasingly obsessed with the number of eggs his hens are laying (not many). Every time I see an entry like this: "21.11.38: Two eggs," I crack up.
30.11.38: Two eggs.
29.11.38: One egg.
28.11.38: Two eggs.
27.11.38: One egg.
25.11.38: Two eggs.
24.11.38: One egg.
Cylinder of Butagaz gave out yesterday. That makes 5 weeks. It has supplied pretty regularly 3 gas-jets (one of them higher candle-power – I think 60 – than the others) & a fourth occasionally.
Where will it end? The suspense is killing me!
See also: Orwell's diaries in blog form