“Just think – six years of separation, six years of inhuman self-restraint. But I kept thinking that freedom was not yet wholly won. When I’d won it, I thought, my hands would be untied and I could belong to them. And now all my calculations have come to nothing. They’ll arrest me tomorrow. You are near and dear to her. Perhaps you’ll see her one day. . But what am I saying! . . I’m mad. They’ll arrest me, and they won’t let me say a word in my own defense. They’ll come at me with shouts and curses and gag me. Don’t I know how it’s done!”
Until February 1918 , Russia used the Julian calendar , while the Western world used the Gregorian calendar in use today. This convention was dictated by the Russian Orthodox Church, which continues to follow the Julian calendar to this day. During the twentieth century, the Julian calendar fell thirteen days behind the Gregorian calendar. Generally, historians writing about pre-revolutionary Russia today cite dates according to the calendar of the time; this book follows the same method. Dates prior to February 1 , 1918 use the Julian calendar; dates after that point follow the Gregorian calendar.