27th, 28th and 29th December. - Snowed up. Innocent indoor recreations, music,
flirtations &c. Diana Wood is a fine girl.
2nd January. - Snow nearly gone. Squire Mallow (the county buck) saw a chance of
shining, and sent for his hounds today. Found a fox in the laurels. I took the
lead (to Mallow's disgust) and gave it to Diana.
Had to admonish Mallow about riding dangerously close behind me over fences.
Pleasant ride home with Diana.
3rd January. - There is no doubt about Diana being a fine girl - has very pretty
manners too - (must be careful, Carlyon my boy!). Today Mallow disturbed us when
I was reading to her. He looked fierce and banged the door. Believe he is a
4th January. - Business old gentleman waited on me with challenge from Mallow.
Choice of weapons with me, of course.
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