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Page 199 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1

Moir, Ethel, 1916, Document
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Page 199 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 199 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 199 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 199 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Page 199 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
was (& still is!) of far more extensive service than French - it is spoken & understood in all the shops. The Russian language is a most
difficult "dialect" - there are 46 letters as compared with our 26, & they are written in an entirely different way from our own, but they seem to pronounce their words with more syllabic distinctness than either the French or the Germans. On the whole one can very soon acquire a fair knowledge of the language so as to make one's self understood & get along. And the natural kindness & friendliness of the whole people, makes them wish to be understood & to help those with whom they are speaking to grasp their meaning. This, of course, makes all the difference! The Russian money is somewhat confusing at first, until one realises the value of a "rouble" (now only ¼?). The rouble is divided into 100 "kopecks" - They use chiefly paper money, quite small; 10K. 20K. etc: is just like a 1D postage stamp.
The cold just now is intense, we have to walk very hard when outside to keep our circulation going & we just pile on every garment we
possess! Inside, the Russian houses, are beautifully warm. Double windows in all the rooms are the rule all thro' the winter, but with a
small pane let in for ventilation.(which by the way is seldom opened!)
The Neva is a beautiful river, of course just now it is quite frozen over &
1916
20.4 x 16.0 cm
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection