May 31.—I wrote a stern letter to the laundress. I was
rather pleased with the letter, for I thought it very satirical.
I said: “You have returned the handkerchiefs without the colour.
Perhaps you will return either the colour or the value of the handkerchiefs.”
I shall be rather curious to know what she will have to say.
More table-turning in the evening. Carrie said last night was
in a measure successful, and they ought to sit again. Cummings
came in, and seemed interested. I had the gas lighted in the drawing-room,
got the steps, and repaired the cornice, which has been a bit of an
eyesore to me. In a fit of unthinkingness—if I may use such
an expression,—I gave the floor over the parlour, where the séance
was taking place, two loud raps with the hammer. I felt sorry
afterwards, for it was the sort of ridiculous, foolhardy thing that
Gowing or Lupin would have done.
However, they never even referred to it, but Carrie declared that
a message came through the table to her of a wonderful description,
concerning someone whom she and I knew years ago, and who was quite
unknown to the others.
When we went to bed, Carrie asked me as a favour to sit to-morrow
night, to oblige her. She said it seemed rather unkind and unsociable
on my part. I promised I would sit once.