Lottie picks up diary and Joe joins Lottie in looking at the light that is projected onto the wall by Joe’s projector.
Lottie opens the diary, and we hear Young Sisler’s voice reading from the diary. While he reads, we see a sequence with the mannequin-solider writing letters in a trench along with impressionistic images of explosions and battle.
Received a letter from Mildred, and wrote to Frank, Grace, Mildred, Alison, Will and home.
Relieved about 1:30 a.m. I have not washed or shaved for 5 days, and I am a filthy-looking object.
Very lively this afternoon for a while (about three hours.) Four men of our companies were blown to pieces. We picked two of them up and put the pieces in a sandbag, and there are small pieces all over the place.
I’ve received nine Xmas parcels altogether & I never knew I had so many friends before. I’ve had parcels from people that I never wrote to in my life.
We are spending our Xmas in a cellar with a nice fire-place of our own making. Well, I hope that next X-mas will be spent by us at home.
The sequence ends.
Lottie: pretty harsh.
Joe: no kidding
Lottie: we should add something comforting to exhibit.
Joe: but what?