Mr. Mills has reworked the journals of Emily and Ellen Hall, compulsive chroniclers in their time the mid-19th century (and also the subjects of O. A. Sherrard's posthumous Two Victorian Girls), although their representative if unremarkable lives are not likely to unsettle the dust of yesteryear. Their quotidian notations are quite limited as social and/or political commentary, which Mr. Mills acknowledges: mostly they record life at home in Ravenswood (upper middle class comfort), visits, travels--even the Grand Tour during which Papa died, outings to an art show (Turner) or to hear Jenny Lind, and a succession of suitors turned away. At best a keepsake, and at worse Mr. Mills lapses into a little loveknot all his own such as ""fires kindled in her admirer's heart."" The book is badly bound.