Ruby gave for instance an impression of the daily worries, at the same time she wrote how the bombings disturbed everyday life. The sheer terror and exhaustion she felt as the bombs started falling for seemingly hours on end, day after day is hard for us to imagine. The only way out for Ruby was intellectual freedom to the mind, the many books that she read about art, literature, history and theosophy.
Between the war descriptions the reader is witness of Ruby’s drive towards independence. Also some things were suddenly no longer so obvious during the war. For example Ruby could no longer write everything in her letters to her sons in America as she used to, due to censorship. Thanks to her talent for writing and her keen insight Ruby was able to depict an interesting image of time in these diaries, both of the Second World War, as of the prevailing society.