Entry from the notebooks and diaries of Katherine Mansfield, dated October 1, 1906
“i. x. 1906.
“I am full of ideas tonight. And they must at all costs germinate. I have seen enough to make me full of fancy. I should like to write something so beautiful, and yet modern, and yet student-like and full of summer….
“Now truly I ought to be able, but I don't feel by any means confident. Oh, do let me write something really good, let me sketch an idea and work it out. Here is silence and peace and splendour—bush and birds. Far away I hear builders at work upon a house—and the tram sends me half crazy. Let it be a poem…
“And I shall do well. Bright sunshine, now. I am glad. It will be a beautiful afternoon—but, I pray you, let me write.”