Friday, Dec, 29, 1882 Had my breakfast in my room and after a walk went to work on my winter picture and painted until 4 oclock when a note came from Mary wanting me to come to dinner at half past 5 as she was to have some company in the evening. She had had a note from Sara with most disheartening accounts of Maurice who had been brought home again. How this discourages me and how it darkens all things to me. I cant keep thinking of it all the time. I wrote to Sara yesterday that I would not come home on Saturday as I had to attend a special meeting of the Century trustees. I feel as though I dont want to see any one and dont want to go home which is the saddest of all for that is my refuge always in trouble. Spent the evening at Marys. Mr & Mrs Donaldson & Harry, Mrs Taylor & Lily, Lily, Julia Dillon & Mrs Brown, Roger Hadock and Miss Haywood & Miss Bogart were there.