Cynthia was spending the Christmas holidays in her family home in Harwich. Cynthia's father, a sea captain, had been quite ill; the previous week, on January 12, Cynthia had written in her diary that he had been sick "all night and day"; she'd had to get up and go out in a snowstorm before breakfast to fetch the doctor.
January 19 appears to have been a significant day in the Cynthia-Ben relationship: she's noted "Remember" with asterisks at the top of the entry and she writes that she told Ben something, but the handwriting is illegible. The rest of the entry reads:
Letter from Cora and Celia. Papa is better now. Annie came over. Drove Maud to Chatham and came back to dance at Harwich Port. Had a time putting up the horse.
Illustration Credits and References
This image of a 1903 John Bratton song, My Cosey Corner Girl, is courtesy of the Heftone website. On January 4, Cynthia's friend Maud had arrived at the house with papers and this piece of sheet music--presumably for them to practice and learn.