17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I can’t figure out how the classes were scheduled a hundred years ago. Based on the diary entries, it seems like courses started and ended at random intervals. Courses apparently didn’t last for the entire year, or a full semester or quarter.
. . . Had an exam in Geometry. Took up Arithmetic today. Didn’t have to but I chose to do so.
In September I thought that it seemed odd that geometry apparently was finished, and that it was being replaced by arithmetic.
But now this diary entry makes me think that perhaps geometry never ended—and that arithmetic was just somehow an extra class.