early April, 1912: Life in the Cave at Inexpressible Island

–From Raymond Priestley’s “Antarctic Adventure” —

“We managed to keep thoughts of home away as a rule, and after the evening meal we could enjoy ourselves.  First of all we waited until the messmen for the day had finished their work, then when they had turned in and all diaries were written up Levick would read us a chapter from “David Copperfield.”  This one chapter a night became a regular institution with us from how until we had finished all three of the books we had with us.  “David Copperfield” lasted us for some sixty nights, and at the end of that time we were very sorry to part with him. . . .In addition to these three we had with us two copies of the Review of Reviews, and these were read from cover to cover, advertisements and all.”

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