April 4, 1912: A hard truth becoming clearer. . . .

–From Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s diary, quoted [from Hut Point, where he had been recovering from his recent trip south, and after Atkinson had come in empty-handed] in “The Worst Journey in the World” —

“We have got to face it now.  The Pole Party will not in all probability ever get back.  And there is no more that we can do.  The next step must be to get to Cape Evans as soon as possible.  There are fresh men there:  at any rate fresh compared to us.”

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