Party at Selma’s. Am really getting hard-boiled. Receiving illustrated lessons from various “friends”. - October 2, 1931

What does this mean, Grandma? I have a hard time imagining her as “hard-boiled” - which in this context means callous and unfeeling (I haven’t heard it used outside of eggs).

If she is receiving lessons I wonder if this is part of teacher preparation? It seems like she wanted to be a journalist and writer, not a teacher, so maybe she resents all this helpfulness coming her way. Perhaps she was cornered by the expectations of the time, that women be teachers or nurses?

Or am I reading into this way too much?