Wednesday, August 31, 2016
(backdated) 23 August. Dr. Seward's Diary.
23 August. --
"The unexpected always happens."
How well Disraeli knew life. Our bird when he found the cage open would not fly, so all our subtle arrangements were for nought. At any rate, we have proved one thing; that the spells of quietness last a reasonable time. We shall in future be able to ease his bonds for a few hours each day. I have given orders to the night attendant merely to shut him in the padded room, when once he is quiet, until an hour before sunrise. The poor soul's body will enjoy the relief even if his mindcannot appreciate it. Hark! The unexpected again! I am called; the patient has once more escaped.