Diary of Frances Louisa Bussell 18 September - 20 October 1832

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several times before I found myself alone Bessey would wish me to describe to you the prostration of a certain gentleman at my feet "but here the energy of language fails" suffice it to say that my malice would have kept him there whilst my [.?..] made me suddenly "yeow talk" as I answered to his request of showing him how to tie a sailor's knot "Not in that position certainly" ----------- Mr. [.?..] came to my assistance and the scene ended with a laugh. I thought of an elephant and I'd be a butterfly in the same moment. Saturday 13 We today entered the Tropic of Cancer the thermometer is 74 in the shade It has been warm but not oppressive [Page 33]