Aug 8th Friday My teeth are very sore to day and I feel about
sick and did not go into Mr Holmes very early
Went about ten Oclock and made her bed and
fixed her hair Went in evening and found
Mrs Witherell making her bed Mrs Witherell
has had her parlour painted a[nd] papered she
is very much dissatisfied with the way the paper
is put on and talks of having it scraped off
The aftereffects of the dental care that Evelina received yesterday from Dr. Washburn made for a slow and unpleasant start to her day. By mid-morning, however, she was out and about. She went to the neighbor’s to check on the ailing Harriet Holmes. She went back at night, too, and found her sister-in-law Sarah Witherell in attendance. Both women took time to arrange Harriet’s bed linens, perhaps removing them for cleaning.
Sarah Witherell had done some painting and papering in her parlor with which she was unhappy. She would have had to get permission and funding from her father, Old Oliver, for the project. We see from this that Old Oliver was capable of spending money for decoration, perhaps especially if his daughter requested it. How he took the news that the decorating would have to be redone isn’t recorded, however!
Evelina was so preoccupied today that she may not have noticed that the haying was finally over. Old Oliver announced yesterday that it had been“a midling good hay day. […] we got in the last of our hay to day – we have had bad weather for haying this year + have bin a long time about it”