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Thursday, October 6th, 2005
5:00 pm
I have hired a new apprentice, Mr. Rupert Psmith (the "p" is silent). He seems a clever enough fellow, and quite comradely. He knows his Greek and Latin, which will be a help. He says also that he is a quick learner, although everyone says that (especially magicians, who very rarely are) and so it remains to be seen.
Friday, August 12th, 2005
10:12 pm

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Sunday, August 7th, 2005
7:44 pm
In my own world the practice of magic died out, at least in the west, around 1600. It has expirienced a recent and quite exciting revival in the last three or four years, in England at any rate, and already there are at least twenty practicing magicians in the country.

I am begining to gather that my world is unusual in this respect, and that in many dimensions magic is an occupation as common as medicine, if not shopkeeping. How much magic is there in your world?
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
6:10 pm
I'm considering purchasing a country house on the continent. Somewhere warm would be ideal, so that I can winter there and relax. I have been thinking of Italy, Greece or possibly the south of France.

Any advice?
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
3:56 pm
For close to a year, I believed my wife dead. When I learned it was not so, but that rather she had been placed in a horrible situation she could not extracate herself from, I did my utmost to save her from it. Ultimately, I succeeded, but my wife was not unmoved by the ordeal. She informed me that she did not love me anymore, at least not in the way a wife should love a husband. Or perhaps it would be better to say the person she has become could not love the person I had become.

Although we are living seperately now, neither of us wish to embarrass our families or make a mockery of the matrimonial institution with a divorce: I continue to send her money to live in the style in which she is accustomed and she maintains the house as she pleases. I have rented a rather more humble flat near the home of my colleague, Mr. Norrell. She wants for nothing material and I only regret I cannot meet the other obligations of a husband.

I had, of course, mourned for her loss, but now I must do so over again, and it is no less painful. Firstly, then, I ask: How can one pass beyond (emotionally, I mean) the loss of a loved one who one is obliged to see more-or-less regularly because of an persisting legal and social contract?

And secondly: I am a man not yet out of my thirties and (I flatter myself) passing charming. If and when the time comes when I am prepared to keep the company of ladies again, how best to do so discretely, so that no-one (My dear wife especially!) is scandalized?

In answering, it would be best, I think, to take note of two facts: I am something of a public figure, and live in England in the year 1817.

(I am sure I can rely upon your discretion in this matter)
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