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Griff tells Ida that she looked so nice at the card game that he barely managed to keep staring at her all night by staring at his cards instead.
He wasn't taken with the film he saw and wishes to meet up with her earlier. He jokes about his 3 hearts, "the one that ticks; the personal, that helps me to enthusiasm and makes me like people; and the third, or imaginary, really trivial in a way and bestowed on" books, galleries, parks etc.
Walter Carroll, Ida's father, is near retirement and seem very reluctant about it. Griff rightly guesses that the normal retirement leisure won't be enough for her dad.
Griff describes his bedtime routine in minute details - lots of toes - and a dream he had about Ida. He dismays at her thought of giving up card games but urges her that her consequent free time should not then be filled with work.
He knows that "for a good part of the year I live on my nerves between nine AM and seven PM" and knows "I often feel so unbearably shy that it is easier to write about certain things than to say them." Good job you like writing then, Griff.

With thanks to the Ida Carroll Trust
Date is unknown.

Part of the #NSM2020 project "A 20/20 Legacy: the centenary of the Northern School of Music" supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Artefact added : 24th February 2021
by rncmarchives
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