Two days after crossing the coral sea, 4th January, we sighted the Papuan coasts.
The short winter day, as I perceived from the far-declined sun, was already approaching its close; a chill frost-mist was rising from the river on which X stands, and along whose banks the road I had taken lay; it dimmed the earth, but did not obscure the clear icy blue of the January sky.
Virginia died January 30
, 1847, when but twenty-five years of age.
It was in January, '
85, that my poor father met his end, and two years and eight months have elapsed since then.
The sixth of January, 1
482, is not, however, a day of which history has preserved the memory.
Firmly resolved, after putting his affairs in order in the regiment, to retire from the army and return and marry Sonya, Nicholas, serious, sorrowful, and at variance with his parents, but, as it seemed to him, passionately in love, left at the beginning of January to
rejoin his regiment.
She was to make her debut on the third of January, at a magnificent ball, which her mamma proposed to give to all the nobility and choice gentry of O and its neighbourhood for twenty miles round.
For one of these accursed creatures was the First of January, and the other the Twenty-fifth of December.
Also, with this death-road concept in my brain, I began to grow afraid that something would happen to me before sailing day, which was set for some time in January.