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7 IM, listening to live radio reporting of the Normandy landings, wants to cry and cheer at once. She is moved at seeing the wild delight of the normally-reserved English crowds (obviously still thinking of herself as an outsider, not English). This month, IM applies to join the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). M. Hillis as her Treasury Principal and describes her job as dealing with various questions of pay. Her referees are Nickie Kaldor, Eduard Fraenkel (she misspells his name ‘Frankel’), Isobel Henderson, Donald MacKinnon and her old Badminton headmistress, Beatrice May Baker (BMB).
D. ) 20 Frank meets another Oxford admirer of IM, Hal Lidderdale, while both are serving at the front, and writes in his diary that their rivalry over Iris, since she is so far away, actually only serves to cement their friendship. D. Foot that Frank must be in Sicily, she writes to him, on a hot breathless evening, asking for a postcard telling of the Sicilian antiquities he has preserved from the British hordes. She ends by begging him to keep safe. The July – September edition of Adelphi magazine edited by John Middleton Murry carries IM’s second article for the magazine, a review of The Rebirth of Christianity by Stanley Cook and Taken at the Flood by Kenneth Ingram, discussing, as an outsider, the doubtful relevance of Christianity to today’s young people.
November IM is now a member of the Communist Party. ) Frank Thompson, brilliant undergraduate poet and determined opponent of Fascism, notices IM in the crowded hall of Queen’s College, where they are listening to the novelist Rex Warner and the poet Stephen Spender talk about Spain. Though she doesn’t seem to him pretty, he is attracted by the impression of harmony she gives. ) David Hicks, three years older than IM and completing a Diploma of Education after his PPE degree, is attracted to her, seeing her as a princess from a fairy tale but is displeased by what he thinks of as her cold virginity.