The Diary of Lilian Whitlock – Impressions on Traveling Companions

Miss Alders is perhaps a lady of high birth? I must apologize to her for my un-lady-like behavior last night. I was under much duress, but that is no excuse for the offense I have caused her. She is easily offended and I must take precaution not to discuss any heavy matters with her in the future. Since I travel alone, unescorted by a man, I will require a chaperone. A governess, of genteel birth who is known to be respectable but represents no matrimonial competition, may serve in that capacity. I shall put the question to Miss Alders the first opportunity.

Miss Bly is a woman of apparent common status. Miss Bly seems to delight in my suffering. Courtesy requires that I apologize for any insults that I directed at the woman last night and etiquette demands that I not discuss volatile topics with her in the future. Due to her crass nature, I shall endeavor to avoid Miss Bly as often as possible.

Mr. Preeble seems to be a sensible man, when he is not accompanied by Mr. Alders. This is his vessel and I shall defer to him in all matters concerning the airship itself. As a lady that who travels alone is required to consult the conductor of a train or the captain of a ship, I shall speak to Mr. Preeble on the matter. Since they require it of me, I shall also volunteer to assist with the keeping of the ship as the captain sees fit.

Mr. Alders has a temper and I have heard him be rather aggressive and argumentative. Mr. Alders is an unsavory fellow and I shall avoid interaction with him. I will most certainly never allow myself to be alone with him.

Mr. Binford can be cordial and sensible but he submits to the advice of other men far too easily. He can be easily swayed by Mr. Alders and Mr. Peebles. He can be courteous but I have also observed him being loud and argumentative. I must thank him for his assistance last night.

Captain Kirkpatrick seems to be a sensible man if not angered. I must thank him for allowing me to stay aboard. He is an officer of the U.S. Navy but I am unsure as to his standing within the vessel’s crew. I sense there is tension between Captain Kirkpatrick and the other people aboard this airship.

Overall, the crew is most disharmonious. I must do my best to not bring attention to myself. If I do as I am asked and keep my voice down, perhaps I shall avoid being thrown overboard or abandoned at the first port we reach.