Butter and War in the Life of a School Girl
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Amusing and observant diary written by a 17 year-old female student in Middlesex, February 1941.
“Guest, agent from glove firm, forty five, part-time A.F.S. worker, arrives for lunch, talks of butter rations at dinner. He lives on his own, says, “I’ve been extravagant with my butter this week. I’ll only have enough to last till breakfast tomorrow.”
Mother:- “I can let you have some. We’ve got plenty. I’ve even got half a pond I’ve had so long that it’s gone rancid and I’ll only be able to use it for cooking. I can get plenty of butter.”
Guest:- “I don’t think you’ll be able to get all you want later on. There’ll be a tightening up. You can get butter now because there are lots of people who can’t afford to buy their ration.”
Father:- “Yes, but soon the grocers will get less and it’ll be impossible to get more than your ration.”
After lunch Myra and I went to the pictures. We had to wait in a queue to get to the box office. Cinema was half empty, with a working class audience mainly composed of school children, soldiers and their girls. Audience whistled with the organ during the interval, did not clap when the king and queen appeared in a newsreel. During the big film, 'The Rains Came' Myra wriggled with delight at the beauties of Tyrone POwer. Ribald laughter from the audience in most questionable love scenes.”
"About half past six an errand boy came to the door with half a puond of butter from the grocer. The butter was unordered and mother knew that grocer is trying to sell her some of his surplus butter, but as she already has as much as she wants, she pretends it must have been sent by mistake and sends it back."
"Conversation gradually strayed onto Churchill. History mistress says, "I'd like to shut Churchill up in a box with Hitler and let them fight it out between them."